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Linux and Open Source
The latest news and views on all things Linux and open source by seasoned Unix and Linux user Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, aka sjvn, has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the cutting edge PC operating system. SJVN covers networking, Linux, open source, and operating systems.
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The new business cycle is based on training. Technology is acquired, but it isn't adapted for use until buyers feel pressure to raise productivity. It takes time to learn, and a commitment that arises best out of need.
Code is not speech. It's property. That's what the law says, anyhow.
For a consumer with a PC or two, the costs of Windows now includes some management services, and support. Even for a small network manager there are education and training costs to be paid up-front, plus the possibility of big-ticket service calls down the line.
Cut through the PR-speak and it reads to me like concern, caution, watch it. Oracle could always buy mySQL, too.
There are great tools for Linux security, and Linux security management can be first-rate, but the process needs to be completely automated before the mass market trusts it.
If your shop is running any of these applications, programs written for Windows and just ported to Linux (rather than being rewritten in something like Java or re-architected entirely), I'd sure like to know how it's running.
It is very easy to watermark photos and prevent them from downloading in the clear, but few people take advantage of that technology. Cost and complexity must be issues, because issuing threats is never any fun.
Open source, like most things, works on the 90-10 rule. That is 90% (or more) of the work is done by 10% (or less) of the people. In the case of software, these few are creating enormous economic value, and they can become an unhappy few.
Nessus is a good tool, but security professionals I've talked to say it's a poor substitute for the proprietary competition. The GPL security community deserves something better, and since Deraison is tired of people freeloading on his work, that means it's up to the rest of y'all.