The H Week - OpenOffice forks, calls for UK Government action on open source, Stuxnet spreads
In the past week, The H reported on Oracle's OpenOffice.org being forked into LibreOffice, heard calls for action over UK Government's open source policies, saw Ubuntu 10.10 release candidate and Fedora 14 beta arrive, noted how HDCP could be decoded in software, detailed the spread of Stuxnet malware around the globe and brought news of the patches for the ASP.NET Padding Oracle vulnerability.
This week, The H featured an in-depth look at the launch of the LibreOffice fork of OpenOffice.org by Richard Hillesley, saw Open Core declared 'over' in a guest comment and listed a range of events of interest to the community coming up in October.
- LibreOffice - A fresh page for OpenOffice
- Guest commentary: Open Core is over
- The H Community Calendar - October 2010
There were calls for action on UK Government open source policy as speakers at Westminster eForum identified a lack of open standards and open procurement as a problem. Meanwhile the new UK Open Government Licence opened the way for easier re-use of government data, the EFF found itself on the side of Microsoft in calling for a rebalancing of patent trials and the Codeplex Foundation changed its name to the OuterCurve Foundation.
- Calls for action on UK Government Open Source
- UK Open Government Licence removes barriers to re-use of public sector information
- EFF and others seek to rebalance patent trials
- CodePlex Foundation becomes Outercurve Foundation
The ramifications of Oracle's acquisition of Sun continued; LibreOffice was launched as a community developed fork of Oracle owned OpenOffice.org, the leader of the team that developed the ZFS file system left Oracle to form his own start-up and ForgeRock resuscitated the Oracle abandoned OpenDS and launched OpenDJ.
- LibreOffice - a community fork for OpenOffice.org
- ZFS creator leaves Oracle
- ForgeRock announces OpenDJ LDAP directory service
New Linux distributions approach with the release of the release candidate of Ubuntu 10.10 and the beta of Fedora 14. Ubuntu 9.04 comes to the end of its life this month, the last release of GNOME 2.x before GNOME 3.x, 2.32, was released and Novell's SUSE Appliance Toolkit was updated to generate images for Amazon's EC2.
- Ubuntu 10.10 release candidate available
- GNOME 2.32 released
- Beta version of Fedora 14 released
- Ubuntu 9.04 approaches end of life
- SUSE Appliance Toolkit 1.1 generates EC2 images
Mobile developers saw Android as a strong long-term prospect for future development and Sharp announced two Android based tablets for the Japanese market. Things were not looking as good for Symbian with the announcement that Samsung were dropping support.
- Survey shows app developers see Android as strong long-term prospect
- Sharp announces 5.5" and 10.8" Android tablets for Japan
- Samsung drops Symbian support
Disputes over the Nagios trademark were resolved, Google announced WebP, an image format based on how WebM stores images, as an alternative to JPEG, Arduino launched two new versions of its open source microcontroller card, Wikimedia looked to P2P to reduce bandwidth costs for web video and researchers released open source code which can decode encrypted HDCP in software.
- Nagios trademark rights dispute ended
- Google announce WebP as an alternative to JPEG
- Arduino launches two new boards
- Wikimedia tests video playback with Swarmplayer 2.0
- HDCP stream decoding in real time
Open Source Releases
New releases for vtiger CRM, Apache Mina and Shindig, Eclipse Helios, Tiki Wiki and Opsview, a beta release of the Drizzle MySQL fork and more improvements for Mozilla's Jetpack.
- vtiger CRM 5.2.0 released
- Apache MINA 2.0 breaks with the past
- First service release of Eclipse Helios
- Apache Shindig 2.0: OpenSocial implementation for Java and PHP
- Tiki Wiki closes critical security hole in recent releases
- Opsview Community 3.9.0 released
- Jetpack 0.8 helps automate web site mashups
- MySQL fork Drizzle goes beta
Stuxnet spread around the world as the finger of blame for the malware pointed in different directions. A report said there is a proposal for NATO to respond to cyber attacks.
- Iran confirms Stuxnet cyber attack
- Stuxnet brings more new tricks to cyberwar
- Stuxnet strikes China
- Report says cyber attacks should trigger NATO alliance
The Padding Oracle vulnerability in ASP.NET had a fix promised and delivered by Microsoft, Adobe brought forward their patch day, ZeuS botnets started targetting SMS transaction authentication while the same botnets were found to be vulnerable themselves, and Microsoft added account theft protection to Hotmail.
- Emergency patch for ASP.NET vulnerability on its way
- Patch fixes vulnerability in ASP.NET
- Critical hole in Reader: Adobe accelerates patch day
- Banking trojan ZeuS homes in on SMS-TAN process
- Vulnerability allows ZeuS botnets to be taken over
- Microsoft Hotmail gets account theft protection
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