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Curious employees are biggest security risk

Author: JT Smith Register: "Forget about Internet crackers, employees are the biggest security problem for most businesses. That's the main conclusion of a survey of UK IT managers which suggests that most firms are prepared for the threats posed by viruses and hackers, but are still struggling to...
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Testing your memory, the Open Source way

Author: JT Smith - By Russell C. Pavlicek - You are probably used to seeing the memory test that occurs when you boot most PCs. This proves that your machine has good memory, right? Well, not exactly. The memory test a PC performs is quite basic: it will turn up gross failures in memory....
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Making Free Software pay

Author: JT Smith The BBC has a column on Red Hat's success in Europe. "Because Linux is created and maintained by a worldwide army of programmers - essentially just volunteers - it belongs to no-one and is open to all. Yet Dieter Hoffmann, Managing Director Central Europe of Red Hat Linux, says...
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Definitive guide to writing a Linux virus

Author: JT Smith From vnunet.com: "Following on from this week's discovery of the Jac Linux virus, an open source hacker from the University of Linz, Austria, has released a definitive guide to writing Linux viruses ... Alexander Bartolich released 'the Linux virus writing howto' ... Bartolich...
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AOL switches from IE to Netscape in beta test

Author: JT Smith The Register's take on this story: "AOL has -- finally -- shipped a beta of its software that uses Netscape technology rather than IE. This suggests, barring major breakages in the interim, that the company could contrive a defection from the Microsoft camp with the rollout of of...
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Netscape programmer was there for the "wild ride" of Mozilla.org's birth

Author: JT Smith - by Tina Gasperson - Open up Netscape 4.x and type "about:akkana" in the location bar. You'll get a page full of information about Akkana Peck: she's a Mozilla developer who's actually employed by Netscape and paid to work on the open source stuff. She's been employed as a...
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LinuxFreak.org announces Linux sites Web ring

Author: JT Smith From LinuxPR: "LinuxFreak.org has announced a new webring 'Linux Sites' to the Linux community. The webring's purpose is to promote Linux sites which do not get much exposure elsewhere."
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IBM developer speaks on software patents

Author: JT Smith Hans Schou writes, "At the Linux Forum 2002 Dr. Karl-Heinz Strassemeyer from IBM in Böblingen, Germany, gave an interview to Ole Tange, SSLUG, on how IBM deals with software patents when IBM is developing Linux. In the Open Source community Dr. Karl-Heinz Strassemeyer is...
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RidgeRun enables broad, commercial embedded Linux

Author: JT Smith From Jamie Dillon: Driving open-source prevalence further into the mass commercial market, RidgeRun, Inc., announced today that it has created dynamic shared library support for developers who are creating a broad variety of applications for embedded devices. With the industry's...
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Roaring Penguin: stay legal: Use Free Software

Author: JT Smith From LinuxPR: CAAST, the Canadian Alliance against Software Theft, is promoting a truce for businesses and organizations with improperly-licensed proprietary software. Roaring Penguin Software Inc. would like to help you avoid costly software audits and potential fines, and help...
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