Category: miscellaneous

How to Fight Government Spying

How to Fight Government Spying

Is the government spying on you? Want to do something about it? Right, bet you do. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has a number of solutions for you. Since 1990 (when it was founded as a non-profit organization), the EFF has being fighting to defend your digital rights. This week, the EFF launched a campaign designed to “educate the American […]

SSD’s, Journaling, and noatime/relatime

On occasion, you will see the advice that the ext3 file system is not suitable for Solid State Disks (SSD’s) due to the extra writes caused by journaling — and so Linux users using SSD’s should use ext2 instead. However, is this folk wisdom actually true? This weekend, I decided to measure exactly what the write overhead of journaling actually […]

FSF Files Suit Against Cisco For GPL Violations

FSF Files Suit Against Cisco For GPL Violations

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced that it has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Cisco. The FSF’s complaint alleges that in the course of distributing various products under the Linksys brand Cisco has violated the licenses of many programs on which the FSF holds copyright, including GCC, binutils, and the GNU C Library. In doing so, Cisco has […]

A Microsoft Veteran Embraces Open Source

Keith Curtis has just written a book about the future of software. That in itself isn’t unique. More unusual is that Mr. Curtis, an 11-year veteran of Microsoft, the world’s largest software company, believes deeply that open source is the future of software.

A Practical Guide to GPL Compliance

A Practical Guide to GPL Compliance

The Linux kernel, and most of the software that makes it usable are governed by the GPL, or the GNU General Public License. Now at version 3 (GPLv3), the GPL was originally written by Richard Stallman, and it’s intended to protect software freedom. The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) has published a guide to keeping with the terms of the […]

UniSIM’s Executive Master Programme in Open Source Software

UniSIM’s Executive Master Programme in Open Source Software

Starting in January 2009, the SIM University (UniSIM) in partnership with RedHat, Inc., will be offering an Executive Master Programme in Open Source Software. UniSIM is Singapore’s “first and only privately-funded university focusing on the upgrading and learning needs of working professionals and adult learners”.

Open Source Security Study: Fortify Got it Wrong

Open Source Security Study: Fortify Got it Wrong

Several bloggers have already reported on the Open Source Security Study released by Fortify’s Security Research Group (and Larry Suto), but we are yet to see anyone take an in-depht look at the study itself. This is our attempt to take a closer look at the study titled “How Are Open Source Development Communities Embracing Security Best Practices?”. The study […]