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20 February 2010, 11:59

The H Week - MeeGo, Android, BSODs

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The H Week In the past week, The H covered the news that the Moblin and Maemo projects would be merged into Meego, reported the latest Linux kernel developments in the Kernel Log and published another edition of Processor Whispers. In his column Glyn Moody asked if open source has become too open for its own good. Microsoft confirmed that a rootkit caused the MS10-015 security patch to blue screen Windows XP systems and more…


This week The H published three features and a new edition of the Kernel log series covering what's coming in Linux 2.6.33.The H reported on how enterprise open source vendors can nurture a community around their software. In his new regular column, Glyn Moody asked if open source has become to open for its own good and and in a new edition of Processor Whispers Andreas Stiller looks at the current state of the processor wars.

Open Source

The Linux Foundation announced that Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo projects would be merged into a single project called MeeGo and at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, a number of mobile device manufacturers announced new Android-based mobile devices. RIM confirmed that it has been working on a new BlackBerry phone web browser based on WebKit, Fedoria 13 gained experimental 3D support for various NVIDIA graphics chips via the "Nouveau" graphics driver and Google donated two million dollars to the Wikimedia Foundation. As Oracle has said almost nothing about OpenSolaris, the OpenSolaris community is growing increasingly concerned over future plans for the open source operating system.

Open Source Releases


Following reports that last week's Patch Tuesday MS10-015 security patch intended to fix a 17-year old security vulnerability in the virtual DOS machine was causing some Windows XP systems to display the dreaded blue screen of death (BSOD) Microsoft said an interaction between the patch and malware may be one cause. Later that day, following its own analysis, Symantec said it suspected that a rootkit was responsible. Microsoft later confirmed that it was the Alureon rootkit which lead to the blue screen problems.

In other security news this week, the Internet Storm Center (ISC) listed the hash values of around 40 million programs contained in the US National Software Reference Library (NSRL) in a database, providing a possible alternative to anti-virus scanners having to search for malicious code. The SANS Institute, MITRE, and several top software security experts came together and published a list of the 25 most dangerous programming errors leading to vulnerabilities and a report from security service provider Secunia showed that Adobe is still distributing versions of Adobe Reader that contain known vulnerabilities.

Security Alerts

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