Week in Geek: Windows 8 Users at Risk Due to Missing IE 10 Flash Update

By Akemi Iwaya on September 9th, 2012

This week’s edition of WIG is filled with news link goodness covering topics such as Windows 8 Pro downgrades to Windows 7 and Vista will be possible, the Ubuntu Live CD is now dead, Guild Wars 2 is suffering an ongoing password attack, and more.

Weekly News Links

  • Opera 12.50 Will Block Installation of Third-Party Add-Ons by Default
    Opera has released a new snapshot for the upcoming version of the browser, 12.50. The current revision introduces a new security system for installing add-ons from repositories that are not moderated by the browser maker.
  • Opera 12.50 Prepares for Windows 8, Adds Touch Support
    Opera has released a new snapshot for the upcoming version 12.50 of the browser that comes with support for Windows 8 touch devices. Development of the feature is not definitive yet, but it should also work with Windows 7-powered touch devices.
  • Opera 12.50 Ditches The Out Of Process Plugins
    After announcing that the final build of Opera 12.02 will disable the out of process plugins by default, it looks like the folks from Norway decided to implement the very same “feature” for the 12.50 builds too.
  • Mozilla Lays Out Firefox Enterprise 17 Release Plans
    Mozilla developer Alex Keybl has now detailed the plans for how Firefox ESR 10 users will migrate (or not) to the next ESR release. The plan is for the next ESR to be based on Firefox 17, which should be out around November 20th.
  • Apache Web software overrides IE10 do-not-track setting
    Microsoft’s new browser is set by default to tell advertisers not to track user behavior on the Web, but Apache’s Web server has become a new obstacle to that Microsoft approach.
  • Windows 8 Pro Downgrades to Windows 7 and Vista Possible
    Among the various versions that Windows 8 will arrive in, one will enable users to downgrade to one of the older releases of the platform. To be more precise, owners of the Windows 8 Pro SKU will be able to downgrade the platform to Windows 7 or Windows Vista, should they consider the older OSes better fitted for their needs.
  • Firefox OS app store images leak onto Web
    The purported images of the store include a list of app categories, such as business, reference, games, and more.
  • Mozilla retires Firefox Home iOS app
    Mozilla has ceased development of its Firefox Home mobile app for iOS-based devices and has removed it from Apple’s iTunes App Store.
  • Betas of Ubuntu 12.10 derivatives released
    Betas of most of the official derivatives of Ubuntu have been released alongside the beta version of the standard Unity-based desktop edition of Ubuntu 12.10. As with the desktop beta, these new versions bring together the various changes and enhancements that the developers have been working on.
  • First alpha of Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10
    The developers of the GNOME desktop-based Ubuntu derivative have, under the name Ubuntu GNOME Remix, released their first alpha version of the distribution. Based on the upcoming Ubuntu 12.10 “Quantal Quetzal” release, the developers describe the Remix as a developer snapshot to “give a very early glance at the next version”.
  • OpenSUSE 12.2 Linux finally arrives
    It took longer than expected, but openSUSE 12.2 is now available.
  • Cinnamon 1.6 Will Bring Cinnamon 2D
    Cinnamon 1.6 will include features like a notification applet, Expo grid view, workspace names, keyboard navigation, Cinnamon 2D, configurable Alt-Tab, configurable panel heights, windows quick-list, and scale, expo, & brightness applets.
  • Linux Mint Explain Nautilus Fork, Call New Version a “Catastrophe”
    Linux Mint’s reaction to the ‘controversial’ changes introduced in Nautilus 3.6 was simple: fork it. Now plans for that fork, named Nemo after the captain who pilots the Nautilus in Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Mysterious Island novels, have been discussed in detail by Mint’s project lead, Clement Lefebvre.
  • It’s Official: The Ubuntu LiveCD is Dead
    Ubuntu 12.10 will increase the maximum size of its disc image from 700MB to 800MB, thereby making it too big to fit onto traditional CD-R media.
  • Desktop Linux Revolt: How KDE Survived Its User Backlash
    How does a Linux desktop survive a user revolt? The recent history of KDE suggests some answers.
  • Can Android Replace Windows?
    The growing popularity of tablets within the pantheon of end-user computing devices has helped drive BYOD and cloud projects within the enterprise, made cell-phone networks a common remote-access option and brought relief to laptop-lugging road warriors worldwide.
  • Why Chrome Hasn’t Killed Mozilla Firefox
    A look at how the browser wars have evolved over the past four years since Chrome was first released and its impact (good and bad) on Firefox.
  • Google acquires free security service VirusTotal
    Google’s product portfolio might be getting some new security features soon thanks to the purchase of VirusTotal.
  • Amazon backtracks, will offer $15 opt-out for ads on Kindle Fire tablets
    After negative feedback on forced ads, the company reverses course and will allow users to opt-out of “Special Offer” ads — for a fee.
  • Tumblr jumps into advertising with two feet
    Once scorning ads, the microblogging site is now opening its arms to the prospect by hiring Groupon sales exec Lee Brown.

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Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 09/9/12
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