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24 April 2010, 12:00

The H Week - Oracle, Microsoft, Debian, McAfee and Photocopiers

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In the past week, Oracle charged for a previously free plug-in, Microsoft got its FAT patent back, Debian got a new leader, RHEL6 previewed, McAfee's update took Windows systems down and there was wider recognition that photocopiers with internal disks are a security risk.


The H presented its first "speed guide", a rapid introduction to NoSQL and a new issue of the Kernel Log looked into the innovations taking place in the next Linux kernel's file systems.

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Oracle began to charge for the formerly free Office ODF plug-in and a German appeal court reversed a judgement that Microsoft's FAT patent was not enforceable in Germany. Red Hat released the first pre-release version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and Microsoft joined Mozilla and Opera in supporting the Web Open Font Format. The Debian project elected a new leader and an OMAP3 optimised Theora codec was previewed. Novell and IBM are cooperating to make SUSE Linux based appliances while Canonical and Mulesoft got together to make Tomcat better on Ubuntu.

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McAfee issued a flawed update and took down many Windows systems in the process. There was wider recognition that photocopiers with built-in hard disks represent a security risk because they store copies of documents, often for an indefinite period. Microsoft planned to fix more IE 8 XSS problems while Symantec reported that PDF readers and IE are the biggest attack targets. Mozilla disabled older versions of the Java Deployment plug-in and Google closed more vulnerabilities in Chrome on Windows.

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