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27 February 2010, 11:59

The H Week - Linux 2.6.33, Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Alpha 3

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The H Week Logo In the past week, The H detailed the latest advancements in version 2.6.33 of the Linux kernel, Canonical released the third alpha for what will become Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, the BBC locked out open source, Microsoft took legal action against a botnet, large-scale attacks are taking place on petrol pump card payment systems and VeriSign introduced its new Trust Seal service.


This week, The H published an in-depth feature on Linux Kernel 2.6.33 (released this week) and published a new edition of the Kernel Log series dealing mainly with the changes required to handle hard disks with 4-KByte sectors correctly. The feature "Keeping the Web open and mobile" examined Palm's take on the mobile web and on the importance of an open source Facebook application. Additionally, The H posted its first monthly community calendar, listing March's upcoming open source, development, Linux, Unix and other community events in the UK.

Open Source News

Following Google's take-over of On2 Technologies, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) is asking the company to release On2's video codec technology as a patent free standard to free the web from Flash and H.264. The BBC locked out open source media players by activating iPlayer Flash verification and, according to a YouGov survey, 77% of Britons don't know about Microsoft's Browser Ballot screen, which arrived this week. In other news, the first code for a free open source software (FOSS) GSM stack was released and, following its acquisition of Sun Microsystems, Oracle has killed the OpenSSO Express single sign-on platform.

Open Source Releases

Security News

In security news this week, The H reported on large-scale attacks in the US on petrol pumps with built-in card payment systems, VeriSign introducing its new Trust Seal subscription service that scans sites daily for the presence of malware and in a US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing, security experts voiced extreme concern about US defences against cyber-attacks. Microsoft decided to take legal action against the WALEDAC botnet by taking down 277 internet domains and Google closed a vulnerability in its Picasa image management and editing software.

Security Alerts

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