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20 April 2013, 12:18

The H Roundup - Old cut and paste tricks, Java updates and KDE light

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The H Roundup logo 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. This week: NVIDIA's style of driver development, Java updates, security holes in heating systems, dangerous copy and paste tricks, a lightweight KDE version, and Cinnarch dropping Cinnamon.


This week, Thorsten Leemhuis looks at drivers and networking in the third part of The H's Kernel Log on the upcoming Linux 3.9 and he also comments on the way NVIDIA develops its drivers for the kernel.

Top News

The last few days were busy from a security perspective with Java updates closing dozens of holes in the beleaguered browser plugin and Microsoft having to pull back one of their Patch Day fixes. Meanwhile, heating systems from German manufacturer Vaillant were found to be attackable from the internet and an old copy and paste trick reared its ugly head again – The H tells you how to defend against it on the Browsercheck.

Developers from SUSE are working on a slimmed down KDE version and the Cinnarch distribution has decided to drop the Cinnamon desktop environment that gives the project half of its name.

Mesa 3D and Linux have gained support for hardware accelerated 3D graphics on AMD Radeon chips, and Wayland, and its reference compositor Weston, can now work on systems without any 3D acceleration.

Ex-hacker Peiter "Mudge" Zatko is moving from his job at DARPA to a similar role at Google subsidiary Motorola Mobile. The H's Developer Break brings you the latest notes from the developer world.

Open Source Releases

Open source releases this week included a proof-of-concept collaboration service from Mozilla, a new version of Manjaro Linux, a new release of the openHAB home automation framework and a fresh distribution from the Pardus community.

Security Alerts

Oracle shipped important Java fixes and 128 patches across its complete product portfolio this week; all of these patches should be installed as soon as possible. And don't forget the Microsoft patch that has been pulled.

For everything The H has published in the last week, check out the last seven days of news. 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.


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