OpenStack Queens, RedDrop Android Spyware, Oracle's VirtualBox and More

News briefs for March 1, 2018.

OpenStack Queens was released yesterday. The 17th version of the open-source cloud infrastructure software "offers a packed release with advancements benefiting not only enterprises with mission-critical workloads but also organizations investing in emerging use cases like containers, NFV, edge computing and machine learning". See the release notes here.

ZDNet reports on newly discovered Android malware called RedDrop that spies on users, makes live recordings and steals data, "including files, photos, contacts, notes, device data and information about saved Wi-Fi networks and nearby hotspots".

Amazon is teaming up with Nuance Communications, Inc., to get its Alexa voice assistant into cars ahead of Google, and they're using the open-source Automotive Grade Linux to do it, according to Bloomberg. Read more about the developments here.

Oracle's VirtualBox 5.2.8 was released this week with support for Linux 4.15. View the changelog here, and download it from here.

HotSwap is bringing hot code reloading to Buck (Facebook's open-source build tool). According to the press release, "By no longer requiring a cold restart, HotSwap greatly improves iteration speed when developing Android apps". For more info, see the Facebook Code post.

Jill Franklin is an editorial professional with more than 17 years experience in technical and scientific publishing, both print and digital. As Executive Editor of Linux Journal, she wrangles writers, develops content, manages projects, meets deadlines and makes sentences sparkle. She also was Managing Editor for TUX and Embedded Linux Journal, and the book Linux in the Workplace. Before entering the Linux and open-source realm, she was Managing Editor of several scientific and scholarly journals, including Veterinary Pathology, The Journal of Mammalogy, Toxicologic Pathology and The Journal of Scientific Exploration. In a previous life, she taught English literature and composition, managed a bookstore and tended bar. When she’s not bugging writers about deadlines or editing copy, she throws pots, gardens and reads.

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