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07 May 2011, 11:59

The H Week - ASF subpoenaed, Hudson to serve Eclipse, more problems at Sony

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The H Week This week, The H spoke with security expert Ivan Ristić and published a new edition in the Coming in 2.6.39 Kernel Log series, the ASF was subpoenaed and Oracle proposed that Hudson become an Ecilpse project. Sony discovered that another of its services had been compromised, there was a potential intrusion at LastPass and the Tor Project confirmed plans to fork Firefox.


This week, The H featured an interview with security expert Ivan Ristić about his IronBee project and creating an open source security community around it, and Thorsten Leemhuis took a look at what's coming in the architecture and infrastructure of the next Linux Kernel, version 2.6.39.

Open Source

Oracle vs Google over Android got a new twist as Oracle had the Apache Software Foundation subpoenaed, Oracle proposed the recently and fractiously forked Hudson as a new Eclipse project and the layoffs began at newly acquired Novell's Provo headquarters.

Puppet Labs announced it was switching from GPL to Apache licensing for its Puppet deployment platform, Mozilla rejected a request from the Department of Homeland Security to stop listing an add-on which redirected around recent domain name seizures, and jQuery creator John Resig left Mozilla for a new job at the Kahn Academy.

UK developers showed Raspberry Pi, a planned-to-be £15 USB-key-sized ARM-based computer for education, German hackers built a modular light banner, and a number of free music notation packages for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X appeared.

Sweble arrrives, a Wikitext parser which should open the way for more tools for Wikipedia and other resources. The JIT-powered Python engine that is PyPy is now Python 2.7.1 compatible, and the latest version of jQuery has better handling of attributes and greater performance.

Open Source Releases

New versions of Tiny Core Linux, OpenBSD, FreeNAS, Pinta and Piwik. Developers will find new versions of the Qt SDK, Google's GWT and Apache's Qpid messaging platform and enterprises will want to check out a new version of RHQ.

Development releases


It doesn't get any better for Sony; the company had hoped to reactivate its cracker-disrupted services only to find another service, SOE, had also been compromised and details of another 25 million accounts had been taken. In a letter to lawmakers, Sony indicated that it had found evidence that Anonymous was to blame but Anonymous denied the allegation. Then on Friday, a report suggested that a third attack on Sony's systems was due.

Password storage service LastPass saw enough unusual traffic that it believed it had possibly been broken into and suggested all users change their passwords, Magix tried to block the publication of an exploit using a lawyer and Mac OS X trojan kits have appeared on the market.

The Tor Project set out a plan to fork Firefox to get around a number of issues with the usability and stability of their anonymous browsing solution, Apple released its promised update that shrinks the controversial location database to seven days of data, Microsoft updated Windows Phone 7 to block bad certificates and UK-based Sophos acquired Astaro, maker of hardware and software security appliances.

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