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02 April 2011, 14:26

The H Week - Ubuntu 11.04 Beta 1, Firefox 4 for Mobile, Comodo fallout

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The H Week Logo Canonical released the first beta of Ubuntu 11.04, Mozilla issued the final version of Firefox 4 for Mobile and Google is said to be taking more control of its open source Android mobile operating system from device makers. There was further fallout from the compromising of the Comodo Certificate Authority, Microsoft temporarily turned off encryption for Hotmail users in some countries and the FBI asked for help decrypting a clue in a murder case.


This week in The H, we looked at how CSP could help stop cross-site scripting attacks, we listed the community events going on in the UK this month and took a first browse over whats going to be in the next Linux kernel. The H was also pleased to present "A migrator's guide to Drizzle" by Andrew Hutchings who explained how to move from using MySQL to the newly stable Drizzle database.

Open Source

The UK Government announced its new strategy for ICT projects within government and, on paper, it looks good for open source. That's better than over in Switzerland where open source vendors lost out on government tenders because they couldn't offer Microsoft software.

Mozilla ended support for embedding the Gecko layout engine in other applications which may have an effect on other open source projects. In more positive news though, the browser builders started getting support for their "Do Not Track" header and shipped Firefox 4 for Mobile, minus Flash support.

Google were reportedly taking a firmer grip of the reins with Android device makers, but the developers behind CyanogenMod ignored that and are near to releasing their 7.0 version based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The "Father of Java", James Gosling, announced that he's now a Google employee.

Nokia wrote an open letter to developers telling them to work with Qt as it was investing in it and there'd be a 150 million more Symbian phones out there in the next few years. Nokia also put the source for Symbian back online as part of their new "open and direct" model.

Linux distributions are to get a new directory in the root directory, /run/ for those temporary files needed at startup. Novell said they were relaxed about the changes Red Hat made to their RHEL source releases, a new version of the GNU Compiler Collection arrived and was ready to Go and Hercules, once famed maker of graphics cards, turned up with a 10" Linux powered netbook.

The Python JIT compiler Unladen Swallow was confirmed as dead, not resting and not pining for the fjords. Other things due to pass away are openSUSE 11.2 and Ubuntu 9.10; both are approaching their end-of-life.

Open Source Releases

Released this week: An Enlightened Linux and a Linux that looks ahead, a Linux for teaching and a Linux for cloning, a photo manager, a full text search engine and platform, a cloud platform, some mobile web templates, a virtualisation platform and a Java web framework.

Development releases


The fallout from the compromising of Comodo Certificate Authority continues. Mozilla admits it shouldn't have kept quiet, a single hacker claims that he did the hack and Comodo admitted that two more resellers were also compromised.

Microsoft temporarily turned off encryption for Hotmail in sensitive countries, MySQL's website was vulnerable to SQL injections, McAfee's site was found to have holes in it and a report on NASA's network found plenty of problems which weren't rocket science.

Fixes appeared for the latest battleground for security, printers, the application tracked you based on the photos and tweets you put on the web, VMware found a privilege escalation vulnerability on its Linux products and the FBI asked for help cracking a code. The big false alarm story of the week was when NetworkWorld published an article claiming keyloggers were installed on all Samsung printers, based on a warning from an anti-virus package.

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