Nearly six months after Ubuntu 12.04 LTS arrived, Canonical and the Ubuntu developers have released version 12.10 of their Ubuntu Linux distribution, code-named "Quantal Quetzal". The new version of the popular open source operating system uses a kernel based on the 3.5 Linux kernel and updates Unity desktop with a number of new features and enhancements.
These conclusions are not from a formal survey. Why?
IDG and Gartner figures only look at pre-installed server operating systems, and Web browser surveys -- such as StatCounter and NetMarketShare -- don't drill down far enough to say which Linux desktop distributions are the most popular. With that, I have to turn to DistroWatch, the master Linux desktop tracking site for useful desktop Linux use data.
The Apache Software Foundation has released version 2.4.3 of the Apache HTTP Server, fixing over fifty bugs and closing two security holes. The two vulnerabilities are present in the mod_proxy_aip, mod_proxy_http and mod_negotiation modules.
Hackers are being invited to take part in a Linux security challenge next week that is sponsored by the UK government and Sophos.
The government has been running a Cyber Security Challenge (CSC) scheme since 2010, in an attempt to draw more young people into the computer security business.
Nvidia released a new version of its Unix driver last week in order to address a high-risk vulnerability that can be exploited by local users to gain root privileges on Linux systems.
The privilege escalation vulnerability fixed in the new 304.32 version of the Nvidia Unix driver 304.32 was disclosed in public on August 1 by Dave Airlie, a principal engineer in the graphics team at Linux vendor Red Hat.