The H Week - Linux 2.6.39 arrives, RHEL 6.1, Android holes, Mac scareware
In the past week, The H spoke with Pamela "PJ" Jones as she steps down from running the Groklaw site and published a detailed look at what's new in the latest release of the Linux kernel. Red Hat published version 6.1 of its enterprise Linux as Fedora 15 went gold, Perl was updated to 5.14 and MeeGo 1.2 arrived. Sony began to bring its beleaguered PlayStation Network back online, there were reports of Android malware, and Macs made the news for all of the wrong reasons: scareware in the form of fake AV programs.
This week, The H featured an interview with Pamela "PJ" Jones as she steps down from running the Groklaw site and Thorsten Leemhuis detailed what was new in the latest release of the Linux kernel.
- Linux kernel 2.6.39 released
- Yahoo wins Linux patent trial that Google lost
- Linux on the desktop: Europe leads
- Linux PC in a browser
Red Hat released version 6.1 of its enterprise Linux, was one of the founding members of the Open Virtualization Alliance and got together with SAP to unify trouble tickets for SAP on RHEL. Meanwhile, Microsoft said its virtualisation would support Red Hat clone CentOS, Fedora 15 was completed ready for release next week and the new boss of SUSE said openSUSE was definitely on his mind.
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 released
- Open Virtualization Alliance launched
- Enhanced support for SAP applications on Red Hat Enterprise Linux
- Microsoft's Hyper-V to support CentOS
- Fedora 15 completed, new contributor agreement
- New SUSE chief: openSUSE is very prominent in my thinking
Perl received an update to version 5.14, MeeGo's six monthly update brought it to version 1.2, Ubuntu developers planned for October's release of Ubuntu 11.10 and Miguel de Icaza laid out his plans for Xamarin, his Mono-centric startup.
- Perl 5.14 released
- MeeGo 1.2 released
- Plans for Ubuntu 11.10 crystalise
- De Icaza announces new Mono-centric company - Xamarin
The Open Source Initiative began the process of reformation and widening its membership, OpenLogic said GPL is popular with developers but enterprise wants Apache code, Oracle set out plans to shake up the Java Community Process and made its JRockit JVM free of charge.
- OSI open reformation begins in earnest
- OpenLogic says "enterprises prefer Apache"
- Oracle to 'revitalise' the Java Community Process
- Oracle make JRockit Java VM free of charge
Pamela Jones announced who would be taking over the Groklaw site, the LibreOffice developers explained their version numbering, Google counted the participants in their summer of code, the UK government was allegedly heading for a dispute with standards organisations and Dell released an updated build of Chromium OS for its Mini 10v netbook.
- Groklaw under new management
- LibreOffice clarifies version numbering
- Google Summer of Code 2011: student statistics published
- UK government open standards policy in international dispute
- Dell posts updated Chromium OS build for Mini 10v
Open Source Releases
New releases arrived for Groovy-Eclipse integration, GNU's VOIP server, the Clonezilla disk duplicator, VirtualBox, the Transmission BitTorrent client, the GRUB booter, MapServer and WordPress for iOS.
- Groovy-Eclipse 2.5.0 adds DSL descriptors support
- Peer-to-peer VOIP app GNU SIP Witch reaches version 1.0
- Clonezilla Live gains EFI support
- VirtualBox update brings Mac OS X host fixes
- Transmission 2.30 BitTorrent client drops support for PowerPC Macs
- GRUB 1.99 enables booting from Btrfs and ZFS partitions
- MapServer 6.0 adds OpenGL rendering support
- WordPress for iOS 2.8 adds Stats & Quick Photo
- Songbird 1.10 beta adds two-way synchronisation
- Chrome 13 arrives in Dev channel
- Mageia 1.0 approaches with release candidate
Sony began to bring its beleaguered PlayStation Network back online, but ran into more trouble with passwords and isn't allowed to restart in Japan yet because of the authorities' concerns over its security.
- Sony begins restoring PlayStation Network
- Sony blocked from restarting PSN in Japan
- Sony's PSN password server online again
Android malware is already becoming commonplace. A hole found this week found that over 90% of Android devices were transferring their login tokens to Google unencrypted; Google moved to force the phones to use HTTPS as they can't get an update to Android 2.3.4 out to most of them.
- Android malware subscribes to premium SMS services
- Android apps send unencrypted authentication token
- Google plans to close Android hole as soon as possible
The "three-strikes" agency for the French copyright enforcers suffered a data leak, Mozilla revealed plans to bring a rapid end of life to Firefox 3.5 and researchers cancelled a talk on SCADA vulnerabilities after the vendor found it was still vulnerable to attack.
- Report: data leak slows French copyright agency
- Mozilla moves to aggressively end Firefox 3.5's life
- Researchers cancel SCADA hack talk
Microsoft published its breakdown on the state of online security, country by country, and released an updated version of its EMET tool which can help secure applications. Mac scareware made the headlines and Microsoft researchers pointed out the extreme similarity it had to some specific Windows scareware.
- Microsoft publishes its latest Security Intelligence Report
- Microsoft updates EMET exploit mitigation tool
- Mac scareware becomes more visible
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