Canonical has released desktop and server versions of its Ubuntu 12.04 distribution dubbed Precise Pangolin, which comes with three years of support.
Canonical's Ubuntu 12.04 is the first long term support (LTS) release in two years and is the first to feature the Unity desktop. Canonical has also introduced a number of cloud specific services in Ubuntu 12.04 server including metal-as-a-service and its recently announced AWSOME APIs.
Canonical said it has "no interest" in Linux kernel development. Two weeks ago a Linux Foundation report showed that since version 2.6.32, Microsoft had committed more code to the Linux kernel than Canonical. Since then, Canonical has faced claims from rivals that it does not contribute to Linux as much as it should given its popularity.
Back in February, we introduced you to the mini $35 computer called Raspberry Pi, and it sold out instantly. After a few bumps in the road, it appears that the first round of orders are starting to be delivered, according to the organization behind the project:
A new version of NVIDIA's proprietary UNIX graphics drivers for Linux, Solaris and FreeBSD fixes a security vulnerability (CVE-2012-0946) that allowed attackers to read and write arbitrary system memory in order to, for example, obtain root privileges. To take advantage of the vulnerability, an attacker must have access permission for some device files – which, for systems with these drivers, is typically the case for users who can launch a graphical interface as 3D acceleration and some other features cannot be used otherwise.
A zero day exploit has been discovered in popular wireless Linux manager WICD that allows an attacker to spawn a root shell on a target machine.
The privileged escalation exploit affects the latest versions of WICD (pronounced wicked) and was successfully tested on a handful of Linux distributions including the latest release of the penetration testing operating system BackTrack. It was not yet tested for remote exploitation vectors.