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10 November 2012, 05:57

The H Roundup - AMD fires developers, Android turns 5, E17 alpha arrives

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Welcome to The H Roundup, your rapid review of the week with the most read news on The H, the security alerts and open source releases, and the essential feature articles – all in one quick-to-scan news item.

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At LinuxCon Europe in Barcelona, it was revealed that several Linux kernel developers at AMD had been made redundant. In a Q&A, Linus Torvalds expressed his satisfaction with the improving relations between the mainline and Android kernel development efforts. Coincidentally, Android also turned 5 years old this week.

In security-related news, new malware was found to be spreading by pretending to be legitimate picture messages from Vodafone's MMS gateway and a researcher found a security issue that compromises the TOR anonymity client.

Back at LinuxCon Europe, the Enlightenment team announced the release of the first alpha of the E17 desktop environment. Elsewhere, the Ubuntu developers were busy planning their next release, and the Slax distribution managed to pack a KDE 4 installation into just 183MB with a new Slax 7.0 release candidate.

Fans of the Raspberry Pi were treated to a new extension board for the mini-computer, a way to hook an Arduino microcontroller up to it and a Kickstarter campaign launched to create a gaming cabinet based on the device.

Featured Articles

This week, Stefan Schurtz looked at using OWASP's CSRFTester to find cross-site request forgery problems in code, and Andrew Back harvested glowing bacteria from a squid that lives in a toilet in Manchester.

Open Source Releases

DragonFly BSD 3.2.1 was released with better database handling, an update to the Ubuntu Tweak utility added support for Ubuntu 12.10, there was a first preview of Ruby 2.0.0, and the ARM version of openSUSE 12.2 was declared stable. Chrome 23 closed several security holes and improved battery life for some users, and Microsoft open sourced its Reactive Extensions framework.

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