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Cheese: If it's good (worm), let it be!

ZDNet LogoThe Cheese worm appears to be different. Dubbed the Cheese worm, the program is basically a self-spreading patch. It enters servers that have already been compromised by a previous bit of malicious code--the 3-month-old 1i0n worm--and closes the back door behind it, adding security to the system.

Freedom vs. Freedom

A little background

The GPL is considered to be the license that guarantees the freedom of your code for all time. If you use GPL'ed code in your program, you are legally bound to release the code to your program under the GPL. The idea is to protect Open Source code from people who would take it and build a commercial venture around it.

Capitalist view of Open Source

Open Source advocates are often embarrassed at the suggestion that their favorite type of software may be a socialistic phenomenon. Though they protest this insinuation strongly, many secretly fear it may be true. The sharing aspect of Open Source, its emphasis on community and its cost free availability, certainly sound like Socialism. And Open Source doesn't lend itself, easily, to commercial exploitation. Is it anti-capitalist, then?

Open Source-onomics: Examining some pseudo-economic arguments about Open Source

The following are some of the false statements put forth and my arguments refuting them.

"The poor performance of Linux stocks proves that Linux is a failure"

My Linux wish list

To be or not to be: GNU / Linux?

Recently I happened to read an article in Linux Journal, which brought into focus the age-old debate of Linux v/s GNU/Linux. And guess who seems to be more vociferous about this? It was good old RMS. Fortunately or unfortunately, this issue got the better of me and led me to think about facts I would otherwise have neglected.

Open Source is here to stay!

If I have freedom in my love,

And in my soul I am free,

Angels alone that soar above,

Enjoy such liberty.

-- Lovelace.

The Open Source model of software development has churned out some truly

remarkable pieces of software. There are no dearth of examples of

excellent pieces of Open Source software, right from Apache, which is one

of the most widely used web servers, to Sendmail, which is responsible for

transporting billions of email messages around the world, every day. These

The penguin inside

We all know Linux is great ... it does infinite loops in 5 seconds.

-- attributed to Linus Torvalds

I'm sure that anyone even remotely interested in computers must have heard

of Linux by now. Some have wondered what it is, others have tried

installing it. Yet others play with it now and then. Some people bless it

and some curse it. Some are scared of the apparent need to learn arcane

commands. Others would rather type `find / -name mailto.pl -print' than

search through a GUI file browser.

But there are many who wonder -- Just what is Linux? Linus Torvalds, the

Itanium - The next big leap for Linux

Processor technology has come a long way. Right from 4 and 8-bit

processors to the latest 32-bit processors. They have all been significant

in powering the computers. Processors also define the architecture and

computing standards. Since the age of 386 processors, Intel has been

lugging on to 32-bit computing. 64-bit computing in going to be the next

leap in computers and 64-bit processors and operating systems are going to

play a significant role in powering the computers of the future.

64-bit computing has been around for a while now. Several of the IT

Borland comes back to life

Today, I'm going to tell you a story. It's about a company called Borland,

now known as Inprise. But I prefer to call it Borland, since the name

brings back old memories.

In the 1970s, Philippe Kahn was working on the Pascal language in

Switzerland. In 1982, he came to the USA. In those days, Pascal compilers

were very expensive and cost a few thousand dollars. They were available

only for mainframes. That made Philippe Kahn think back and write a Pascal