Looks like Kevin Mitnick is up to his old trick of social engineering ("The Hacker Payoff; Youth Seduced," March 15, 2004). He's prevented by law from telling his story, so he's going to give contributors a signed copy of his new book or $500 if theirs is the best hacking story. I wonder if he hasn't already been given a six-figure advance.
Advisory Programmer, IBM, Boca Raton, Fla.
Sticking With Linux
SCO's bark strengthens my resolve to move forward with Linux initiatives ("Don't Go Slow Over SCO," March 8, 2004). This represents the bottom of the barrel in nuisance lawsuits.
I'm already in the process of weaning my organization away from any SCO products and would like nothing better than to be able to thumb my nose at Microsoft at the same time. I'm appreciative of the battles that the IBMs, the AutoZones, and the DaimlerChryslers are enduring. I wish them all the best in their efforts.
Manager of IT, Hecla Mining, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Playing It Safe
We were running a Linux mail server and had experimented with using Linux for other services on our network. The cost was attractive to us, being a small local government; however, because of the litigation, I'm staying far away, at least until the dust settles. We're migrating our mail server to Exchange and will put the other tests on hold until we feel safe that we won't be sued.
IT Director, Lincoln Parish, Ruston, La.
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.