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Archive for February, 2010

Anonymity and the Internet

Universal identification is portrayed by some as the holy grail of Internet security. Anonymity is bad, the argument goes; and if we abolish it, we can ensure only the proper people have access to their own information. We’ll know who is sending us spam and who is trying to hack into corporate networks. And when there are massive denial-of-service attacks, […]

Interview with Olivier Cochard-Labbé, founder of FreeNAS

Interview with Olivier Cochard-Labbé, founder of FreeNAS

The FreeNAS project (http://freenas.org/freenas), founded by Olivier Cochard-Labbé in 2005, is an open source network attached storage distribution. The project offers a simple, elegant way for home users and network administrators to host data on a small, stable platform at very low cost. Back in December there was talk of the FreeNAS project moving away from its FreeBSD roots and […]

Internet Explorer’s dominant market share eroding

Internet Explorer’s dominant market share eroding

Remember when Internet Explorer ruled the Web, to the tune of about 98% of the browser market share? Those were happy days for Internet Explorer. Until Firefox rose from the ashes of Netscape. Internet Explorer’s market share has been sliding ever since, and I think it got worse when Safari and then Google’s Chrome joined the browser market. A new […]

Windows 7 Sins now in 9 languages!

Windows 7 Sins now in 9 languages!

Our campaign for computer user freedom, Windows 7 Sins, now has 6 language translations available with several more on the way. The translation effort, coordinated by FSF campaigns staff working with volunteer translators, has been gathering pace over the last few months. All the work has been done using free software tools with our collaboration efforts achieved via the GNU […]

How Fedora protects your data with full disk encryption

How Fedora protects your data with full disk encryption

Disk encryption in one of the most overlooked and underused security tools in computing. When most people think about securing a computer or the operating system that powers it, a firewall, anti-virus, and other anti-malware software comes to mind. Those are all good and necessary tools, but they are only concerned with network security. What about physical security? What happens […]

Administrations sponsor extension of open source network monitoring tool

Administrations sponsor extension of open source network monitoring tool

Several public administrations in Spain are sponsoring the development of Zorb, an open source extension to Nagios, an open source network monitoring tool. Zorb allows users to fine-tune the processing of events generated from the monitored instances, hosts and services. Zorb has just been published on the OSOR Forge. The development of Zorb is made possible with the help of […]

Download the first online edition of BSD magazine

Download the first online edition of BSD magazine

The first online edition of BSD Magazine, a magazine for BSD users, enthusiasts and communities, has been released. This edition is titled “BSDs as Servers.” Inside you’ll find the following list of articles: A first look at PC-BSD 8 Installing and securing an Apache Jail with SSL on FreeBSD The gemstones for FreeBSD OpenBSD, NetBSD and FreeBSD as file sharing […]

Pardus 2009.1 review

Pardus 2009.1 review

Pardus is a Linux, desktop-oriented operating system developed by Onur Küçük and his team from Turkey. At a time when nearly every new Linux distro is based on or derived from Ubuntu, Pardus is a rarity. It is an original, not based on or derived from any other distro. As such, its package manager and graphical management tools are custom-developed. […]