The H Week - CeBIT, a bid on Novell, Ubuntu's new look and botnet arrests
Highlights for The H in this past week include CeBIT, a bid on Novell, the IIPA attacked countries over their open source policies and Ubuntu announcing a new look. A scrap developed over a botched patch for a PHP extension and Spanish police closed a major botnet operation.
In the latest of his regular columns for The H, Glyn Moody looks at the concerns over the fragmentation of Android as more different devices running the open source operating system appear and why we shouldn't worry. CeBIT, the major European trade show took place this week and The H was there, reporting live on open source and security developments at the event.
- CeBIT 2010
- CeBIT 2010: ARCHOS announces two Android-based Home Tablets
- CeBIT 2010: SEP sesam Backup Appliance
- CeBIT 2010: Nexenta presents unified storage system
- CeBIT 2010: Knoppix 6.3 CeBIT Edition released
- CeBIT 2010: German police to use open source Navit navigation
- CeBIT 2010: Linpus Linux Lite 1.3 for netbooks
- CeBIT 2010: IPFire open source firewall
- CeBIT 2010: BIND 10 is coming
- CeBIT 2010: Linux New Media Awards presented
- CeBIT 2010: Generating keys from radio echoes
Open Source News
Apple started legal action against HTC regarding patent infringements this week, sending a chill through the Android community. In a surprise move hedge fund managers Elliott Associates LP made an unsolicited bid to acquire Novell. Oracle talked about the future of OpenSolaris. The Open Source Initiative roundly criticised the IIPA for its suggestion that the US blacklist countries that officially support open source. Linux distributors closed security holes in the sudo command and Canonical ditched its trademark brown and announced new branding and livery for Ubuntu.
- Apple sues HTC for patent infringements in Android phones
- Hedge fund makes bid for Novell
- OpenSolaris future assured by Oracle
- OSI "categorically rejects" IIPA's attack on open source
- Vulnerabilities in sudo closed
- Ubuntu's new look - Bye bye brown
Open Source Releases
- Samba 3.5 release includes experimental SMB2 support
- SystemRescueCd 1.4 released
- Eclipse 3.5.2 available to download
- Linux from Scratch 6.6 has arrived
- Thunderbird 3.0.3 fixes display errors in previous version
- Version 2.0 of the free FlightGear flight simulator released
- KDE SC 4.4.1 released with various bug fixes
The developer of the Suhosin security extension and the Debian developers got into heated discussion over a defective security patch. Spanish Police announced arrests connected with closing down Mariposa, a major international botnet. Apple hired the ex-Mozilla head of security, Window Snyder. Microsoft announced this months patches, but still aren't addressing known vulnerabilities and analysts report that scareware is getting much more aggressive.
- Spat over PHP Suhosin patch
- Spanish police release details about Mariposa arrests
- Apple hires ex-Mozilla security chief
- Several known vulnerabilities to remain unpatched on forthcoming Microsoft patch day
- Scareware is getting down to business
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