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Insurance comes to open source

Three organizations are teaming up to offer what they say is the first insurance policy for open source compliance to provide coverage for companies worldwide that sell products incorporating open source software or use it on their networks.

Kevin Mitnick on hacking's evolution

  • C/Net; By Joris Evers (Posted by tadelste on Nov 7, 2005 3:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
To many, the name Kevin Mitnick is synonymous with "notorious hacker." He was caught by the FBI in 1995 after a well-publicized pursuit. Mitnick pled guilty to charges of wire and computer fraud and served five years behind bars.

Today, Mitnick is a computer security consultant and has written two books, including one on social engineering, his forte. He is a celebrity, especially at events such as the annual Defcon gathering of hackers in Las Vegas, where attendees ask him to sign their badges. Mitnick spends much of his time on the road at speaking engagements.

CNET caught up with Mitnick after a gig at a San Francisco user event for SupportSoft, a maker of call center software, and talked to him about software security, the evolution of hacking and social engineering, and law enforcement's action against hacking.

China's Bet on Linux

  • CIO; By Maria Trombly (With Wendy Yu) and Sumner Lemon (Posted by dcparris on Nov 7, 2005 3:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
As China prepares to become a full member of the World Trade Organization, the Beijing government is trying to prove to the West that it is serious about reducing software piracy. And so ’s government agencies and businesses are turning to Linux as their desktop operating system of choice, a trend with potential to influence how the world uses the open-source software.

DistroWatch Weekly: FreeBSD 6.0, SUSE rumours, Ubuntu status, Cross LFS, BeleniX

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Nov 7, 2005 3:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 44th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. Fans of the BSD family of projects can expect an exciting week as NetBSD 2.1, FreeBSD 6.0 and OpenBSD 3.8 are all expected to be announced and released with the next couple of days. On the Linux front, we have some interesting information regarding the Ubuntu Zero Conference, a link to guide describing the installation of Enlightenment 17 on SUSE 10.0 and news about a working graphical front-end for the Debian installer. Finally, the fans of Debian-based distributions will no doubt appreciate our review of The Debian System - Concepts And Techniques, a newly released book written by a well-known Debian developer. Happy reading! Listen to the Podcast edition of this week's DistroWatch Weekly in ogg (8.75MB) or mp3 (9.47MB) format (courtesy of Shawn Milo). Join us at #distrowatch

Unisys assumes open source missionary position

  • Inquirer; By Nick Farrell (Posted by dcparris on Nov 7, 2005 2:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
THE UNISYS president of worldwide sales, Peter Blackmore, has donned open sauce missionary garb and confessed publically that open source will save you money.

Time to patch your Cisco routers

Three months after the scandal at the Black Hat conference, Cisco finally confirmed the existence of some serious vulnerabilities that Michael Lynn warned about when he demonstrated the ability to hack in to Cisco routers back in July. While the specifics were never made clear during the Black Hat conference, it was thought that Cisco had already fixed the issues with their IPv6 patch but now it's clear that the problems affecting Cisco IOS were much deepe

Microsoft v Google; Appliances - A Conversation with JH; A Tale of ...

The media has long been maintaining that Microsoft and Google must inevitably go head-to-head in competition and now it seems to be happening. There can be little doubt that Microsoft now sees Google (not Linux) as the biggest potential threat to its core business.

[Are we sure this is an either/or proposition? It seems more like Google AND Linux are the two biggest threats Microsoft faces. How well Microsoft will be able to handle a 2-front war will be interesting to watch. - Ed]

Zadrozny on Scott McNealy: "Open Source is Free Like a Puppy is ...

Peter Zadrozny writes: "I think that the problem is based on the fact that the majority of the developers of, and users of open source are developers. As far as they are concerned, once they finish the application it goes over the wall to some black hole, of which they only hear when there are problems."

[Should we hold his admiration of Scott McNealy's analogies against him? - Ed]

[Yes! - Other Ed.]

Two New iSeries ISVs Target Large Accounts

  • IT Jungle; By Mary Lou Roberts (Posted by tadelste on Nov 7, 2005 1:58 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
According to Joyce Bordash, IBM's director of iSeries ecosystem development, more than 244 new ISVs have been lured to the platform since the beginning of 2005, even without a strong push by IBM to grow the ISV base, which, she maintains, numbered 2,608 companies last year. "This year, our Innovation Initiative is really all about enablement and taking our current set of ISVs and helping to strengthen their applications. The fact that we got new ISVs out of that was wonderful, but there really wasn't a concerted effort on our part, nor was it one that we invested in heavily." That's on the table for 2006, she says.

Solidcore Strengthens Team to Meet Market Demand for Its Embedded Control Solution

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dcparris on Nov 7, 2005 1:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Dilip Naik Appointed to Role of Chief Technology Officer for Embedded Solutions

Seagull Software Announces Support for Linux on IBM zSeries Mainframes

ATLANTA, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Seagull Software (AEX: SEAGULL) announced today that LegaSuite -- Seagull Software's platform for rapidly transforming mainframe applications into reusable, SOA services -- supports Linux on IBM zSeries mainframes, and has met IBM's specifications for validation to receive the "Ready for IBM eServer with Linux" mark.


This worm spreads by exploiting web servers hosting vulnerable PHP/CGI scripts. It is a modified derivative of the Linux/Slapper and BSD/Scalper worms from which it inherits the propagation strategy. It scans an entire class B subnet created by randomly choosing the first byte from an hard-coded list of A classes and randomly generating the second byte.

"User Friendly" and "GPF" creators on comics and operating systems

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 7, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Web comics are the next incarnation of traditional cartoons. And while the medium in which they are published has changed, the idea of comics making commentary still stays the same. Today, some Web comic creators use their comic to promote Linux advocacy.

Google discovers true meaning of 'titsup'

  • The Register; By Lester Haines (Posted by tadelste on Nov 7, 2005 12:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Hot on the heels of our recent piece of silliness which showed how Google word verification threw up the delicious "minge", we can now report that the search monolith has discovered the true meaning of Vulture Central fave "titsup". Reader Adrian J. St. Vaughan explains:

Harness the NextDimension with NextCom's Innovative Xtreme Performance, Portable Graphics Development Workstation and Server

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dcparris on Nov 7, 2005 12:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
NASHUA, N.H., Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- NextCom launches the FleXtreme NextDimension, a top-of-the-line computer with outstanding computational and graphics capability, taking the best possible advantage of open standards in the smallest form factor available.

Australian Government to Crack Down on Computer Zombies

  • LinuxElectrons; By ByteEnable (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 6, 2005 11:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
“The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and five Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have joined forces to pilot a system to identify zombie computers, notify the unfortunate owners and help them take appropriate action quickly.

Many ISPs have expressed an interest in participating in the project. Five ISPs have agreed to participate in a pilot project: Telstra Bigpond, Optus Internet, Westnet, Pacific Internet and West Australian Network.

[Ed.- Good luck explaining things to unsophisticated users.]

Novell targets Bahrain

Novell has teamed up with Al Faris, a gold certified Novell solution provider, for a seminar to be held in Bahrain focused on Linux-based identity management and resource management solutions.

Microsoft losing control

  • The Daily Texan (University of Texas); By Devon Ryan (Posted by tadelste on Nov 6, 2005 10:49 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
... the dark tower of Microsoft is slowly toppling brick by brick.

Many developing countries, and countries with a socialist background, are turning to an Open source technology called Linux. Cuba has already begun the switch from Microsoft to Linux and is just one of many countries that is becoming familiar with and able to use a budding new system that writes itself.

Brazil, India, South Africa, China, Russia, South Korea and recently, Germany are only some of the countries already broadly using various forms of Linux on a governmental level. These nations feel that they are killing two birds with one stone.

MIT maps wireless users across campus

MIT's newly upgraded wireless network -- extended this month to cover the entire school -- doesn't merely get you online in study halls, stairwells or any other spot on the 9.4 million square foot campus. It also provides information on exactly how many people are logged on at any given location at any given time. It even reveals a user's identity if the individual has opted to make that data public.

Need open source insurance?

  • ZDNet; By Dana Blankenhorn (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 6, 2005 9:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
So let's sum up. A high price for minimal coverage, for a risk with limited documented history of losses. It's your call.

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