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posted in March 2008

Linux Wins The Security Showdown! Now What?

3/31/2008
So now that Ubuntu Linux was "last man standing" in the PWN to OWN contest at CanSecWest, does this mean open source has it all over the competition when it comes to security?  It can, and it ought to -- but it's not a guarantee.  And we need to not think it is.


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Friday Open Source Round-Up

3/28/2008
So what's new in the world of open source apps you can really use?  Among other things, we have a new edition of OpenOffice, a Linux-based system-rescue utility, and a portable edition of an open source financial management application.  Read on ...


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'It's Not Just A License'

3/27/2008
Every now and then you run across something that just makes complete sense.  That happened to me earlier in the week when I was reading posts in Movable Type developer Tim Appnel's blog, and I came across an entry entitled "Open Source Is Not Just A License."  It sums up, in a remarkably succinct fashion, two of the major benefits of taking a close

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Olive Branch Or Crown Of Thorns?

3/26/2008
Reading about Microsoft counsel Brad Smith's visit to the Open Source Business Conference yesterday was about what you'd expect.  It's a sign that Microsoft's stance about open source has not so much evolved as crystallized -- but that's unfortunately about the limit of what I could see Microsoft doing.  It can only go so far, not just because of who it is but who it has been all a

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Bite-Sized Server Apps With BitNami

3/24/2008
What I enjoy most about open source is when people take existing products and twist them around into new shapes.  I've long had high regards for PortableApps for doing that, but thanks to a commenter on a previous post of mine, I now have a new crew to watch in that regard: BitNami.


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It's A Support Thing -- Or: One Throat To Choke

3/20/2008
Last year, word swirled in the air that Hewlett-Packard would be the next big PC vendor after Dell to add support for Linux on desktops.  So far the official word remains muted, in the realm of "we're exploring options, we'll make an announcement when the time is right", but the guesses now center around HP providing SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop as its distro of choice.  The real question isn't what distribution, though -- it's what kind of support options you'll get, or as they say

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Subcontractors, Meet Open Source

3/18/2008
Now that the recent lawsuit against Verizon by a couple of open source developers has been settled, it's become clear -- as some people suspected -- that the real offender here wasn't Verizon per se but a subcontractor, Actiontec.  I wonder if this will mean a new level scrutiny or contractual stipulations for the way subcontractors are hired to do this kind of work -- with one

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Google Android: For More Than Just Phones?

3/17/2008
So far all the talk about Google's Android has been about phones.  But the more I think about it, the more I realize phones may just be the tip of a very large iceberg that Google is trying to conquer.  Why stop at phones?


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The No-Risk Firefox 3 Beta Tryout

3/13/2008
Want to give the Firefox 3 beta a spin, but you don't want to go through the tedium of backing up your profiles and personal data?  Here's an easy solution if you're a Windows user.


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Songbird 0.5rc1: Still Hatching

3/12/2008
A while back I looked at an earlier release of the Mozilla-derived open-source music player Songbird, and while I liked what I saw it was still undeniably rough.  Now I've looked at the first release candidate of the new version 0.5 of the program, and while it's still promising, there's a few too many places where the prom

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OpenOffice: Free As In ... Unencumbered

3/10/2008
Sun's decision to move OpenOffice's licensing to the LGPLv3 sounds like a way to make sure that one of its bigger software products doesn't fall victim to software patent issues.  After all, Sun went through a great deal of hassle to try and liberate Java from its legacy restrictions, so maybe it's just trying to make sure history doesn't repeat itself.  A wise measure.


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AOL's Open AIM Turn 2 -- 2.0, That Is

3/7/2008
"AOL" and "open source" haven't typically been two phrases you'd utter in the same breath, but that may be changing.  For two years now, AOL has been pushing a development named Open AIM that encourages developers to build clients for the AIM network.  Now, with Open AIM 2.0, it has kicked things all the more open -- albeit with a few gotchas that will probably turn off people accustomed to more uninhibited development practices.


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SCO's Return From The Dead Continues

3/6/2008
Bloodied (or maybe bloodless would be a better word) but unbowed, the apparently unkillable SCO has taken the next step out of the bankruptcy grave toward something like a renewed existence.  Ugh.


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Android Is (Or Was) Insecure? Don't Panic

3/5/2008
After news broke the other day that Google's Android handset development library had several vulnerabilities that could be exploited by an attacker, I braced for a flood of "Told you so!"-type announcements.  Frankly, the fact that these problems have shown up at this stage in the development process isn't a bad thing. This is the best possible scenario.


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