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11 September 2010, 12:53

The H Week - OpenIndiana, ZFS, Java & Flash spies

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The H Week Logo In the past week, The H published two new editions of the Kernel Log, took an in-depth look at using the HAVP anti-virus proxy and reported on the imminent launch of OpenIndiana, an alternative to OpenSolaris. Mozilla released a new beta for its Firefox 4 browser and Oracle and NetApp sorted out ZFS related patents. Timetables for Java JDK 7 appeared, a number of browsers received security updates, Flash Player could allow attackers to access users' video and audio input devices and a new email worm is on the loose.


This week on The H, we showed how to use the HAVP anti-virus proxy to bolster your protection from web attacks. The Kernel Log reported on the approach of an end to the maintenance of Linux 2.4 and 2.6.27, along with all the latest news from the Linux Kernel ecosystem, and introduced the first of the "Coming in 2.6.36" series which looked at what will be new in the next release of the Linux kernel.

Open Source

News arrived of the imminent launch of an alternative to OpenSolaris in the form of OpenIndiana, NetApp and Oracle agreed to bury the hatchet over ZFS related patents, a time-table for JDK 7 could see the release of a less feature rich release in the middle of next year and the FSF encouraged Google to fight Oracle's patent claims against Android's Dalvik virtual machine.

Mozilla released the fifth beta of Firefox 4 with Windows versions getting a GPU boost and, as the release gets nearer, the developers have started to cull features that won't make the final version. The foundation's labs also announced a browser-based gaming project to help developers bring better games to the web.

Broadcom released open source drivers for Linux that work with the company's wireless hardware and Debian 7.0 was given it's name (Wheezy). Backports became an official Debian repository which allows users of the stable version to update package to the latest version without upgrading their entire operating system and there will be a Fedora conference in Switzerland next week

Microsoft's open source project hosting,, donated $25,000 to the developers of the Mercurial source code control system, CouchDB developers Couchio changed their name to CouchOne and Rhomobile applauded Apple's App Store rule changes which would allow its open source Ruby framework to be used to develop iPhone apps. The WordPress Foundation took over the WordPress trademark and the Plex media centre is heading to LG televisions.

Open Source Releases

This week saw the release of the latest maintenance update to Debian 5.0, the first Illumos based version of Schillix, a Debian based version of Linux Mint and the beta release of the Mono-free "Saner Defaults" Ubuntu Remix. There were also updates to Rails 2.3, the YUI JavaScript framework, the Redis NoSQL database, the CyberDuck file transfer application, the GNU Debugger and the Limbas database tool. Alpha versions of PostgreSQL 9.1 and Python 3.2 and a third beta version of the KDE personal information management suite also arrived.


A number of browsers received security updates this week; Firefox 3.6.9 arrived with anti-clickjacking support, Apple released a security update for Safari and Opera 10.6 took care of DLL hijacking vulnerabilities. A man-in-the-middle attack was shown to be useful in convincing the Flash Player to give attackers access to a systems video and audio input devices, while malware was found to be impersonating browser's malware blocking pages. TrueCrypt 7.0a was released, Django was updated to close an XSS hole, Microsoft withdrew its SteadyState kiosk mode and new email worms were spotted in the wild. Adobe alerted users to a new zero day vulnerability in Adobe Reader, iOS 4.1 for the iPhone closed 24 vulnerabilities and a two year old IE flaw exposed users to the danger of data theft.

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