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01 May 2010, 11:59

The H Week - Microsoft's Android patents, HP gets Palm, Symantec gets PGP and Ubuntu 10.04 arrives

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The H Week Logo In the past week, Canonical released Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, HP bought Palm, HTC got an Android patent licence from Microsoft, Symantec acquired PGP Corporation and GuardianEdge, McAfee offered compensation for a bad update and Microsoft open sourced its StyleCop code analysis tool.


This week, The H took an in-depth look at the latest release of Ubuntu, 10.04 "Lucid Lynix" and Glyn Moody explained why making money from free and open source software matters.

Open Source

A pair of last minute bugs threatened to delay the release of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS but it finally arrived on the evening of release day. HP acquired Palm and its Linux based WebOS. Google granted the Apache Software Foundation a license on a MapReduce patent in relation to Hadoop. The x264 encoding library became capable of generating Blu-ray compliant streams. Microsoft began contributing to the Joomla! codebase, open sourced its StyleCop code analysis tool and announced that it will only support H.264 video in the next version of Internet Explorer. Free Software Foundation Europe founder George Greve was awarded the German Medal of Honour and SCO attempted to extend the Unix copyright trial.

Open Source Releases


Symantec announced that it will acquire encryption specialists PGP Corporation and GuardianEdge Technologies, and claimed that many systems in the UK NHS network are infected with botnets. Full disclosure practitioners were dubbed "insecurity pimps", McAfee promised compensation for those affected by the recent flawed signature update and IronKey launched a new secure online banking USB stick. Microsoft released a revised patch for Windows 2000 Server and the Snort intrusion detector was updated. Former San Francisco network administrator Terry Childs was found guilty and the Storm botnet is back.

Security Alerts

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