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1. Editor's Note: What's A Wiki?
2. Today's Top Story: LinuxWorld Show Coverage
- IBM To Unveil Grid-Computing Bundles At LinuxWorld
- Dell To Sell Support For JBoss, MySQL
- IBM Offers Enterprise Search To Open-Source World
3. Breaking News
- Microsoft's Piracy Check Hacked Again
- Welch Foods Overhauls IT, Puts In First ERP System
- SAP Countering Oracle In ERP Services Arena
- Dell Expands Dual-Core Server Portfolio
- U.S. ITC Bars Import Of Fortinet Products With Antivirus Features
- Microsoft's HoneyMonkeys Show Patching Windows Works
- VMware Offers Free Code, Targets Virtualization Standard
- Symantec Details First Product To Include Veritas Technology
- Nigerian Police Crack Down On E-Scams, To Some Effect
- Emerging Graphics Technology Shown Off
- Diebold Adds Software To Keep Cash Machines Safe
- AMD To Release Virtualization Simulator
4. In Depth: Identity Theft
- New Bill Proposes Tougher Punishments For Identity Theft
- Poll: ID Theft Worrying, But Consumers Still Don't Protect Themselves
- Security Software Company Discovers Possible ID-Theft Ring
- ID Theft: Meeting The Problem Head-On
- Blog: Tony Kontzer: Ethical Data Collection Matters
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- Tracking Open-Source Code In Proprietary Apps
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1. Editor's Note: What's A Wiki?
Poll: What's A Wiki?
1) A Hawaiian fish that most non-natives wouldn't eat on a bet
2) A rare but curable skin problem
3) An effective way of collaborating on projects and/or documents
You've probably guessed it. A wiki is a collaboration tool
that has sprung from the open-source community, and it might well
be the killer app that will spur more open-source adoption in
Many large enterprises have viewed open source with some degree
of skepticism because of intellectual-property issues, support
and service questions, and so forth. And then there's the old
standby, as one open-source practitioner at a global banking
concern explained it to me once, of "not having anyone to blame
when things go wrong."
And sure, open source has made strides in major companies, though
not usually for the bet-the-business types of apps. If anything,
it's been a slow, painful struggle by the techies to introduce
open-source operating systems to run some of their servers (OK,
we're talking mostly Linux here) or bring in software tools to do
some programming and do other important but behind-the-scenes
kinds of things.
That might all change, as more companies are bound to embrace the wiki.
For a great starting point, you might want to check out this article that serves as a primer to why
and how businesses might use wikis.
One use is as an all-singing, all-dancing corporate
content-management system. A great example here is the Wikipedia, a free
online encyclopedia comprising almost 675,000 articles. Subjects
range from science and history to society and technology. The
English version--there are also versions in Dutch, French, and
other languages--was started in 2001. And here's the beauty:
Using simple tools, anyone, technophobe and programmer
alike, can edit an article or start a new one.
A simpler, more targeted use is like what's going on at the
Global IP Alliance, which has started a VoIP-related wiki.
At LinuxWorld, IBM plans to introduce a new bundle of hardware,
software, and services to help move grid computing into the mainstream.
Related Stories: Dell To Sell Support For JBoss, MySQL
As the LinuxWorld lovefest kicked off in San Francisco on Monday,
Dell said it will sell and support both MySQL databases and the
JBoss application server.
AMD To Release Virtualization Simulator
SimNow, an AMD64 processor simulator, will help developers get to
know the company's Pacifica virtualization technology before it
appears in chips starting next year.
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Now that India is moving strongly into software
design and development, would you consider buying a major
enterprise application from a company based there?
ID Theft: Meeting The Problem Head-On
For consumers, the scariest part of identity fraud is not knowing
they've become victims until six months afterward. For businesses
facing the threat of legislation, they can no longer afford to
just react to the theft of consumer data. Preventive measures are
mandatory for both.
Blog: Tony Kontzer: Ethical Data Collection Matters
It's been weeks since the University of Southern California
revealed that a hacker had gained access to more than a
quarter-million records of past applicants, and trust me when I
say that the next big revelation is just around the corner.
Somewhere, there's a big-name company wringing its hands over how
to handle disclosing a breach of customer data that already
occurred. when it comes to customer information, this has been
the year of the fumble.
Licensing problems can result if open-source code is used and it
doesn't meet a company's acceptable-use policies, The Advisory
Council says. Also, unhappiness abounds with custom software
packages when cost outweighs project satisfaction.
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