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Experimenting with Open-Source Security Tools

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There is a wide spectrum of open-source security software that is currently available for deployment within the enterprise. Learn how to determine if an open-source security tool is a safe, appropriate and effective choice for your organization.

Banks 'should give back to open source community'

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Linux on Wall Street: Financial companies are making increasing use of open source, but experts say they are among the worst where it comes to 'playing nice'

Open source proponents push virtualization technology at financial conference.

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At the 2006 Linux/Open Source on Wall Street conference at New York City’s Roosevelt Hotel on Monday, Linux vendors such as Novell and Red Hat pushed the advantages of the technology ushered in by the XenSource open source product Xen 3.0.

Open-source Group: 'Talk Among Yourselves' And Learn

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Open-source software is everywhere, but how does a large company -- from its executive team down to its IT staff -- figure out what applications are right for its users while not endangering its core business?

Open source breaks distance barrier

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WITH software at the heart of online and distance education, the value of open source software that is simple and robust is becoming increasingly apparent, according to Peter Hughes, co-ordinator of the media studies program at Victoria's La Trobe University.

Security through visibility: The secrets of open source security

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Debates rage across the Internet about the comparative security of Microsoft Windows and Linux-based operating systems. Many people have vested and biased interests in their positions on the matter. Misconceptions born of incomplete knowledge and logical fallacies contribute to the confusion and the heat of the debate. Advertising campaigns attempt to cast their sponsors in the best possible light, and partisan studies use massaged statistical data to produce apparently authoritative and objective, but ultimately no less biased and suspicious, facts to bolster arguments.

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How to use open source with confidence

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Open source software allows businesses to use cutting edge code without licence fees. Sadly nothing comes for free, and a lot of scaremongering has followed its rise.

Open Source Making Inroads on Wall Street

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Linux and open-source technologies are here to stay and will continue to make inroads into the financial services sector, speakers from both the vendors and Wall Street communities said here at the Linux on Wall Street conference.

Has open source changed the game?

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A panel of open source CEOs took the stage at the recent LinuxWorld conference for a panel called "The death of the enterprise software business model." While one-sided, the discussion provided insight into the opportunities and challenges facing the community.

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Issues behind slow open source adoption

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THE Malaysian Government has made its stand on the adoption of open source software (OSS) with the unveiling of the Public Sector OSS Masterplan. However, at this stage of its adoption in the public sector, questions are being raised if there are enough local expertise such as software developers to meet the Government's OSS needs and aspirations.

Beyond Plug & Play

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Monday at the Desktop Linux Summit in San Diego, I'm going to give a talk titled: Plug 'n' Pray to Plug 'n' Play: What's it Going to Take? I was still laboring under the assumption that Linux was still a little bit behind in the desktop area. Since then I have been assured this is not so.

LSB 3.1 unifies Linux desktop standards

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The Free Standards Group (FSG) will unveil Linux Standard Base 3.1, the first LSB version to include explicit Linux desktop application support, April 25 at the Desktop Linux Summit in San Diego. Because of this standardization, application developers will find it much easier to target the complete Linux platform.

Microsoft, FOSS, and Stallman in Brazil

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On Friday, an unpublished debate from the 7th FISL revealed a tentative covergence between the software giant Microsoft and the open source community. In a meeting promoted by Infomedia TV, the business indicated a shift in its market strategy to seek coexistence between its commercial software and open source software.

OSDL Offers Patent Assistance

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Several patent holders in the past year have pledged patents to open source. The OSDL has published two white papers that assist developers and corporate IT managers to use patents that have been pledged to open source.

Linux distributors agree on PC standard

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In a move to make the freely distributed Linux operating system a stronger alternative to Microsoft's Windows, a group of major Linux distributors announced Friday that they have united on a standard set of components for desktop versions of Linux.

Interview: Bill Hilf, Lead Program Manager, Microsoft Platform Strategy

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In recent times, the icy divide and the tremendous animosity between users of Microsoft's products and those who use open source products has thawed greatly. Earlier this month, a Microsoft executive delivered a keynote at the LinuxWorld conference in Boston for the first time ever. Hilf recently sat down with internetnews.com to talk about a number of contentious issues.

"FOSS 101" - A Reality Check on Linux and Open Source in Higher Education

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Linux and other Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) enjoy a reputation for ubiquitous use in educational settings. While FOSS openness and low acquisition costs resonate with the approach and needs of academia, it's proving difficult to establish a clear adoption trend.

OpenDocument group 'optimistic' on certification

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The recently formed OpenDocument Format Alliance is expressing its confidence that the file format will be approved by the International Organisation for Standardisation next month.

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