In association with heise online

04 September 2010, 11:59

The H Week - Tablets, Ubuntu 10.10, Chrome 6, & QuickTime vulnerabilities

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • submit to slashdot
  • StumbleUpon
  • submit to reddit

The H Week Logo In the past week, Canonical released a beta for Ubuntu 10.10, version 3.0 of Ruby on Rails arrived, CyanogenMod 6.0 brought Android 2.2 to older devices, Google released Chrome 6 and a number of companies released open source-based tablets aimed at competing with Apple's iPad. It was confirmed that Microsoft's tool for protecting against the DLL highjacking vulnerability caused several programs to stop working, India gave RIM two more months, IBM revised its X-Force security report and the source code for hacking PS3 game consoles arrived online.


This week, The H published a feature by heise Open Editor-in-chief Oliver Diedrich discussing InfoWorld's recent "Best Open Source Software Awards", also known as the Bossies, and why it shows the hype around commercial open source is over.

Open Source

Google kicked off the week by announcing that it will not be attending Oracle's JavaOne conference and version 3.0 of the Ruby on Rails web framework was released. Mongrel2 1.0, the language agnostic web server, was released by Mongrel creator Zed Shaw and Canonical released the first and only beta for version 10.10 of Ubuntu, code named "Maverick Meerkat".

A number of companies announced or confirmed details for their upcoming open source based internet tablets aimed at competing with Apple's iPad, including Android-based tablets from Samsung, Toshiba and Archos. Intel and the WeTab developers announced that their upcoming tablet would run the Linux-based MeeGo mobile operating system and CyanogenMod 6.0 was released for a variety of devices – allowing older phones like the original T-Mobile G1 to run the latest 2.2 "Froyo" release of Android. In other mobile computing news, HP/Palm released a developer preview of the next generation of its WebOS and Mozilla issued the first alpha for Fennec, the company's Firefox Mobile browser for Nokia's N900 and Android 2.0 or later devices.

Following news that its Wave real-time collaboration project would be shut down next year, Google announced its open source future as "Wave in a Box" and Mozilla renamed its Bespin cloud-based development environment to "Skywriter".

In other cloud news, VMware announced the launch of a new cloud platform for developing Java applications and partnered with Novell to launch SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for VMware – free to customers that purchase a VMware vSphere license and subscription.

Indian vendor Knowledge Quest Infotech confirmed that it was working on a native ZFS port to Linux, Google developers announced that the open source browser upon which Chrome is based, Chromium, is getting a GPU graphics overhaul. Celebrating its second birthday, Google released version 6 of its Chrome web browser, adding several new features and fixing a number of security vulnerabilities, and GitHub launched version 2.0 of Pull Requests.

Open Source Releases


It was confirmed that Microsoft's tool aimed at protecting against the DLL highjacking vulnerability actually causes several programs to stop working and the company later released a 'fix-it' tool to address problems with some programs resulting in use of the tool. Towards the end of the week, Microsoft released a new version of its Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) – version 2.0 – with a new graphical user interface and support for new protective functions.

The Indian government has put its threat to block RIM's BlackBerry mobile email service for an additional two months, IBM updated its X-Force security report from last week following two vendors questioning the correctness of the company's evaluations and Secunia released a beta for version 2.0 of its Personal Software Inspector (PSI) application. Apple updated its iTunes media player to version 10.0, adding several new features and addressing 13 security vulnerabilities in WebKit, and the source code for hacking Sony's Playstation 3 (PS3) game console was released online.

Security Alerts

To see all last week's news see The H's last seven days of news and to keep up with The H, subscribe to the RSS feed, or follow honlinenews on Twitter. You can follow The H's own tweeting on Twitter as honline.


Print Version | Send by email | Permalink:

  • July's Community Calendar

The H Open

The H Security

The H Developer

The H Internet Toolkit