Many open source advocates like to crow about how Microsoft users must patch-and-patch to fix security holes, while we go merrily on, bulletproof.Not necessarily.
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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 CTO of Novell Canada,Ross Chevalier, has told a reporter that North America's lagging Linux share is all due to a misunderstanding. They just don't know about all the great applications that have been ported to Linux over the last few years, from trusted names likeIBM, Oracle, PeopleSoft, and SAP, he said.
ZDNet has a story on Red Hat's changes to the Fedora development model. Specifically, Red Hat is finally starting to focus on community involvement:"One of the mistakes we made early on when we made the split between RHEL and Fedora was we told everybody that Fedora was public, come help us out," said Greg Dekoenigsberg, Red Hat's community relations manager.
A quick administrative note for all the folks who read the Open Source blog. ZDNet Blogs is now using the same TalkBack software used by ZDNet News.
Along with news of new nasty virii comes word that Metasploit, an open source tool for creating exploits and testing them against your system (to make sure that it is secure) has been released. Get your copy here.
Open source, as a concept, is misunderstood and thus underestimated.Most people think that open source means Linux.
Jon Udell has an interesting post about groups resisting change much the same way that antibodies take on an infection. He addresses some of the rather acerbic comments to my post about his Monad/MSH columns.
As part of its effort to reduce open source Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD), IBM has released 500 of its patents for use without payment. A complete list is available here.
Groklaw has a link and writeup about a report from Chris Preimesberger about SCO's bad numbers for the fourth quarter of 2004, but a puzzling "optimistic" outlook. Preimesberger notes something that I've long been aware of, namely that SCO is very picky about who gets to ask questions during their quarterly conference calls:Something I want to mention about this conference call: No hardball questions were asked.
We have a great story on open source services from Martin LaMonica on ZDNet today. I recommend it.