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Ill-Gotten Gains?
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.

Mike Lisanke
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.

Mike Patton
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.

Shane Breland
IT Director, Lincoln Parish, Ruston, La.

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