The H Week - Ubuntu 10.10, OpenJDK, Microsoft & Oracle updates
In the past week, The H reported on the arrival of the latest 10.10 release of Ubuntu, talked to SugarCRM CEO Larry Augustin and took an in-depth look at Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit. Oracle and IBM announced that they will collaborate on OpenJDK, Mozilla appointed a new CEO, Nokia presented their roadmap for Qt and Linux enterprise use is on the rise. Microsoft and Oracle released dozens of security updates for their products, US ALDI branches were found to have manipulated card terminals and Canon copiers can now detect security sensitive keywords.
This week saw the introduction of The H Half-Hour, an occasional series where The H talks to open source's business and community leaders. In the first edition of the Half-Hour the H's editor in chief spoke to SugarCRM CEO Larry Augustin. On our security channel, Daniel Bachfeld took an in-depth look at Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET).
On Sunday, Canonical released a new edition, version 10.10 of it's Ubuntu Linux distribution, code named "Maverick Meerkat", and Oracle and IBM announced their plans to collaborate on the development of the OpenJDK reference implementation of the Java language.
An update for Google's Android Market arrived on phones running versions of Android older than 2.2, it was reported that Amazon is working on its own store for Android applications and Motorola confirmed that it has started trials of an over-the-air update to Android 2.2 for European Milestone smartphones.
- Report: Android Market updated on older devices
- Amazon's Android store is taking shape
- Motorola to start rolling out Froyo update to European Milestones
Mozilla launched a new community care programme aimed at helping Firefox users get answers to their questions about the open source browser, Gary Kovacs was appointed as Mozilla's new CEO and Firefox 4 development started to fall behind schedule.
- Mozilla launches Army of Awesome community support programme
- Mozilla appoints Gary Kovacs as new CEO
- Firefox 4 falling behind schedule?
During its Qt Developer Days in Munich this week, Nokia outlined the future development of Qt, the open source GUI framework, and Nokia N900 Project Lead Harri Hakulinen discussed a pending update for the N900 smartphone that would allow it to easily dual-boot MeeGo and Maemo.
The latest Linux Foundation survey showed that Linux is making significant gains in the enterprise market, Creative Commons launched the Public Domain Mark for works free of known copyright, the Free Software Foundation announced the initial criteria of the "Respects Your Freedom" hardware endorsement programme and Oracle emphasised its commitment to OpenOffice.
- New Linux Foundation survey shows significant gains for enterprise Linux
- Creative Commons announces the Public Domain Mark
- FSF initiates "Respects your Freedom" hardware endorsement
- Oracle continues to support OpenOffice
Open Source Releases
Releases for Komodo, GroundWork Monitor Enterprise, Membase Server, Medibuntu, Parted Magic, Zimbra Desktop, Talend and Red Hat Enterprise MRG, updates for Wine, Transmission, digiKam and VirtualBox, and development releases for Chrome 8 and version 3.2 of Python.
- Wine 1.2.1 fixes bugs
- Transmission 2.10 BitTorrent client released
- ActiveState releases Komodo IDE 6.0.0
- GroundWork Monitor Enterprise 6.3 adds new features
- digiKam 1.5.0 update arrives
- Oracle releases VM VirtualBox update 3.2.10
- Membase Server 1.6 released
- Medibuntu updated for Ubuntu 10.10
- Parted Magic 5.6 adds System Stability Tester
- Zimbra Desktop 2.0 integrates Web 2.0 services
- Talend releases version 4.1 of its integrated data mangement platfrom
- Google updates Chrome Dev channel to version 8
- Red Hat Enterprise MRG version 1.3 released
- Tiny Core Linux 3.2 arrives
- Third and final alpha of Python 3.2 released
Manipulated card terminals were discovered at US branches of ALDI supermarkets, Webroot published details about a new trojan that forces the Firefox browser to secretly store passwords and send them to a remote server. The Wireshark developers announced that the 1.0.x branch of their cross-platform network protocol analyser had reached its end-of-life and released updates to the 1.2 and 1.4 branches to close a vulnerability that could cause a crash.
- Manipulated card terminals at US ALDI branches
- Trojan forces Firefox to secretly store passwords
- Wireshark updates patch vulnerability
Microsoft's latest Security Intelligence Report showed that botnets are still widely distributed around the globe and the European Network and Information Security Agency warned of further cyberwar attacks on critical infrastructures.
- Microsoft says botnets widely distributed
- ENISA warns of further attacks targeted at critical infrastructure
Canon updated its uniFLOW software, adding features that can reportedly prevent machines from working should certain keywords be detected and even send an alert to an administrator that an attempt to copy a restricted document is being made. Facebook introduced a new one-time password feature and two Ruby on Rails updates closed vulnerabilities in the web application framework.
- Canon copiers to tell tales
- Facebook introduces one time passwords for insecure computers
- Ruby on Rails update closes vulnerability
Microsoft's latest Patch Tuesday fixed a record number of vulnerabilities in the company's products and Oracle issued updates for its Java and enterprise software. Multiple vulnerabilities were discovered in the free PDF reader Xpdf, which in turn affected a number of open source products, Opera updated its web browser to close a critical security vulnerability and Research In Motion patched its BlackBerry Enterprise Server software to protect against a PDF issue.
- Microsoft Patch Tuesday: One Stuxnet hole remains open
- Oracle patches Java and enterprise products
- Vulnerabilities in Xpdf affect several open source products
- Opera web browser 10.6 update closes critical vulnerability
- Security update for BlackBerry server
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