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12 June 2010, 11:13

The H Week - PHP turns 15, Safari gains Readabilty and SCO trials end

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The H Week

This week PHP turned 15, Apple's Safari 5 incorporated Arc90 Labs open sourced Readability technology and the SCO vs. Linux litigation does seem, finally to have come to an end. Email addresses for thousands of iPad owners were lifted from AT&T, Adobe released a new version of Flash Player closing over 30 security holes and Microsoft took offence over Tavis Ormandy publicising a security hole in its Help and Support Center.


This week, The H's editor in chief suggested open source developers should thank Apple for providing better competition and Glyn Moody explained why GNU/Linux is unmatched and unmatchable.

Open Source

The week started with news that Google had changed the WebM / VP8 licence to resolve issues about GPL compatibility and patents and closed with the news that the long-running SCO vs Linux legal battle was finally over with SCO losing. A survey of Eclipse developers showed Linux making advances on developer desktops, Apple's Safari 5 browser's new "reader" feature was found to be based on open source, PHP celebrated it's fifteenth birthday and Ingres promised to open source its VectorWise database by the end of the year. Decisions were made on what will go into GNOME 3.0, Ubuntu announced plans to decommission the SPARC and IA64 ports of its Linux distribution, a native port of ZFS for Linux emerged and KDE launched a new fundraising campaign.

Open Source Releases


AT&T leaked 114,000 email addresses of iPad owners through a web site, quarrels over disclosure marked the reporting of a vulnerability in Windows Help and a zero-day exploit emerged for Adobe's Flash Player, Reader and Acrobat was fixed, for Flash at least, with the release of Flash Player 10.1. In other news, Microsoft held their monthly patch Tuesday and updated Office 2004 and 2008 on Mac and OpenOffice 3.2.1 closed two security holes. We also looked at the new generation of SMS based card skimmers and the scams that go with them and a new tool for attacking websites which use encrypted session data.

Security Alerts

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