Of our beaten track, but a couple of great pictures in this piece showing the to-ing and fro-ing in a Linux server running Apache compared with a Windows server running IIS. Thanks to Andrew Macpherson for the link.
Archive for the 'Security' Category
Should we be relieved or alarmed by the news, in a press release here and a pieces in Info World and others, that
The Web site, openLiberty.org, will have tools and open-source libraries that developers need for applications using federation and Web services standards endorsed by the Liberty Alliance and its openLiberty Project.
The project will […]
In the print edition of the Guardian, this story includes a picture of Phil Booth, described as a “scary computer expert”, showing his laptop which sharp-eyed readers will recognise is running Ubuntu.
Readers might also have seen this item on the BBC website which begins
The computer industry faces a skills crisis, the president of the […]
… came and went while we were not watching.
The first of these links begins with one of The Inquirer’s many hilarious “misprints”.
So say Trend Micro - and they should know, they make anti-virus software - for reasons that go to the heart of the open source development model.
Trend claimed that one reason open source software has fewer security issues is the variety of Linux distributions. Although they use the same kernel, if one distribution is compromised […]
The Cabinet Office and IBM are working together on a secure open source environment for public and private sector organisations.
The Central Sponsor for Information Assurance (CSIA) said this week the initiative had been launched to assure public and private sectors that Linux could provide security in a complex environment.
The design is based on Security […]
A report released this week by anti-virus software company McAfee has blamed the increased prevalence of rootkits on the open source community. Rootkits, which exploit security vulnerabilities to allow third parties covert access to a computer system, exist for several operating systems but are a particular problem for Windows users.
According to Stuart McClure, senior vice […]
Search Open Source has a piece on one of the barriers to Linux adoption, the lack of an iteration of Microsoft Office for the platform. Focusing on the inevitable comparisons between OpenOffice.org and MS’s offering, it includes the sage advice “Stop whining and embrace change”:
There’s a contingent of IT folks, however, who discount these complaints […]
Novell have announced an update for OpenGL and that improved interoperability with MS Office and OOo for its Linux Desktop 10. The companies CTO was spoke to Desktop Linux about the prospects for Linux on the desktop.
Red Hat also have plans afoot, aiming to beef up its desktop security with improved authentication and identity […]
He’s been warning a conference on the subject that the technology could lead to a vendor lock-in in a similar way to that which afflicts the console market.
“What we’ve seen so far in the games console industry has been directed as if users are scum — ‘this console has lots of fancy hardware so you […]
You may be aware of the controversy over the use of voting machines during 2004’s US presidential election, specifically the Republican allegiance of the honchos at Diebold, the firm which supplied much of the hardware and software which was used. In the tech world, many questioned their use of closed-source software - which, along with […]
We posted a story a couple of days back - yet another warning about the “inevitability” of a Linux pandemic - and it seems that we’re not the only one’s to notice this scattergun, rinse-and-repeat approach from security vendors.
Just in case you - like several of the posters on Newsforge - thought that was in […]
Grisoft has predicted that it is “only a matter of time” before Linux is hit by a major virus as its popularity grows. Sound familiar?
Although there’s a whiff of stable doors and bolting horses, a few sites have noted what open source advocates have been saying for a while – that, regardless of the reason, Linux is way ahead in the security stakes. John Naughton, writing in The Observer, tells the tale of the worm, then goes on to […]
From eGov Monitor:
The Cabinet Office’s Central Sponsor for Information Assurance, which co-ordinates information security projects across government, is investigating applications based around a highly secure open source operating system.
The proof-of-concept systems being developed by the CSIA will use security enhanced Linux to support remote working and web services.
Ministers were prompted to disclose details of the […]
Citing security concerns, better support and budgetary concerns, the Korea IT Industry Promotion Agency has started a massive open source rollout
The South Korean government is rolling out a home-grown open source platform to 10,000 schools in the country.
The project, dubbed the New Education Information System (NEIS), is built on a Korean-developed version of Linux […]
In an attempt to bolster its tarnished image in the area, Microsoft has bought security firm Sybari Software and immediately discontinued the company’s lines in security software for Linux & Unix, Microsoft’s prime competitors in the OS market.
More at PCPro, The Reg and MacWorld.
Our very own Department of Trade and Industry has promised netproject funds for the further development of it Secure Open Desktop Architecture (SODA). The SODA project has attracted a lot of attention in the UK, especially its association with high-profile public sector customers such as Newham Council and The West Yorkshire Police Force.
The following sites […]
There’s been a few movements in the corporate Linux world
Another star of the open source movement has left Novell. Richard Seibt, formerly president of SuSE Linux, has resigned his position as president of Europe, Mid East and Africa for the company. His duties have been taken over by Ron Hovsepian.
Mozillazine has posted this response to questions about the relative security of the Firefox browser, in particular an article by Fred Langa on information week.