The Mozilla folks have released another security update this week, though I noticed that there's a lot less media chatter about these security fixes than the last round. Perhaps there's something to this eWeek article that notes that a lot of updates were rolled out Tuesday (Firefox was one) in the same timeframe of Microsoft's "patch Tuesday.
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Vulnerability management is a service, not software, and one well worth paying for.
How secure would Linux be if everyone were using it?Given the popularity of Linux as a server OS, especially among Internet servers, I think it would be pretty secure.
Are there any Microsoft applications you would buy tomorrow if they came out on Linux? Or does having Linux mean you've divorced everything Microsoft for all time?
Yesterday, I promised a follow-up on the Ubuntu Foundation and comments from Debian Founder and Progeny Chairman and Chief Strategist Ian Murdock. One of the things that was up in the air yesterday was the possible creation of an "enterprise" Debian distribution.
We are getting a great demonstration right now of open source power, as applications using the Google Maps API begin to appear.Mapquest, owned by AOL, has been around for many years, but it's a proprietary offering.
As a happy Ubuntu user, I was pleased last week when I received a note announcing the Ubuntu Foundation. The Ubuntu Foundation was created to fund development of Ubuntu and to separate Ubuntu development from Canonical, which supports Ubuntu and open source software.
Throwing money at people, making them comfortable before they have performed for you, doesn't really work for anyone.
Every complex civilization will develop complex systems that can be destroyed through the concentrated efforts of small groups.
Is it inertia, can that inertia be broken, or is there another reason we don't give Linux a chance?