Tom Espiner

Senior Reporter

Tom is a technology reporter for ZDNet.com, writing about all manner of security and open-source issues.Tom had various jobs after leaving university, including working for a company that hired out computers as props for films and television, and a role turning the entire back catalogue of a publisher into e-books.Tom eventually found that journalism was for him, and after a period of freelancing, landed a job as security reporter for ZDNet UK. He covers the security beat, writing about everything from hacking and cybercrime to threats and mitigation. He also focuses on open source and emerging technologies, all the while trying to cut through greenwash.

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Fedora wants to draw in women

Fedora wants to draw in women

Open-source project Fedora has launched Fedora Women, a forum and mailing list, in an effort to encourage more female developers to participate in its community."Women who are interested in working with the Fedora Project can work with Fedora Women to get started," explained a posting on the Fedora Web site.

July 31, 2006 by in Open Source

Linux, Unix 'had more vulnerabilities than Windows'

Linux, Unix 'had more vulnerabilities than Windows'

/**/ The US government has reported that fewer vulnerabilities were found in Windows than in Linux/Unix operating systems in 2005. Linux/Unix-based operating systems -- a set that includes Mac OS X, as well as the various Linux distributions and flavours of Unix -- had more than twice as many vulnerabilities as Windows, according to the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), which is part of the US Department of Homeland Security.

January 5, 2006 by in Open Source

Microsoft dismisses dual boot OLPC

Microsoft dismisses dual boot OLPC

Software giant Microsoft has said it rejected plans to develop a dual-boot iteration of Windows XP to run on One Laptop per Child XO machines, and instead is developing a version of XP specifically for the XO.

January 13, 2008 by in Open Source

British remain tight-lipped on OOXML vote

British remain tight-lipped on OOXML vote

The British Standards Institution has sent its response to the International Organization for Standardization on the subject of whether Microsoft Office Open XML should be certified with the ISO, but has refused to say whether it voted "yes", "no", or "abstain".

September 4, 2007 by in Open Source