SCO is very EVIL! More so than even Microsoft! SCO (the Santa Cruz Operation) is the company that decided that instead of innovating, instead of developing great, new products, they would try and make money by litagating. I.E., they took anyone and everyone to court that was using Linux in a major way, with the bare faced lie that “Linux” had stolen their (some say with good reason that they don’t even own it) UNIX source code. How a huge, Open Source project with no one company behind it can “steal” is, of course, a bit of a problem too. It would be like saying another movement like, oh, let’s say the “right to life” movement, stole source code. As a movement, it has adherents all over the world, from every walk of life. How does a movement “steal?” Well, anyway, SCO is evil… and they are paying for it. Their market share has plummeted. They are losing money hand-over-fist. But it COULD have been different!
The Sad Irony That is SCO!
It is hard to feel sorry for them, though. They made their bed. Now they are lying in it… and a nasty bed it is.
However, I will probably wait a while before I do the upgrade!
Why borrow trouble during a holiday week!?!
It is out and get this… “New in NetBSD 3: native support for the Xen virtual machine monitor! With native Xen support on Intel platforms, NetBSD provides seamless support for execution of multiple guest operating systems with unprecedented levels of performance and resource isolation.” Cool!
NetBSD Version 3.0
I am a Linux kinda guy myself… but NetBSD has come a LONG way, and I may have to check this one out!
Here’s a guide to some projects that you can do with a USB thumbdrive! If you have one, or get one for Christmas, you can play!
They include a bootable Linux distro, USB travel kits, take your media player with you, etc.
Well, it looks like the rumor that Dell has been installing Firefox on U.K. systems it sells is TRUE!
All right! (I reported this last week in the Blog, and talked about it on the last Podcast.)
Dell Firefox Rumor Confirmed
More computer makers need to stand up to Microsoft and protect their customers! Way to go, Dell!
An Instant Messaging (IM) worm is attacking AOL, MSN, Windows Messenger, ICQ and Yahoo instant messaging networks. The worm installs a rootkit as it’s “payload.”
Santa Worm Installs Rootkit
“The worm, identified as IM.GiftCom.All, was discovered by researchers at IMLogic Inc.’s Threat Center spreading via IM and attempting to trick users into clicking on a malicious URL.
The link lures the target into visiting a harmless Santa Claus Web site, but actually installs a rootkit payload to the victim’s machine, IMLogic said in an advisory.
‘The rootkit payload is often named gift.com and when executed hides itself on the user’s system, attempts to shutdown desktop anti-virus software and starts collecting the infected user’s information for broadcast over the Internet,’ the company explained.”
The Spyware evilness is getting worse! There is a new spike in Spyware activity, especially among infections that lead to pop-ups that say, “You are infected with Spyware… click here to have your system cleaned!” DON’T DO IT! You will then receive a boatload of additional Spyware! These guys should be shot!
Infection leads to Infections
May the Great Bird of the Galaxy come to nest in their nose!
First, a disclaimer, I have never cared for Norton Anti-Virus. In fact, it stinks! We use it where I work, but I don’t trust it. I have seen it fail too many times, I have seen it compromised too many times, in short, it is just slightly better than nothing at all. That said, it is now worse! A flaw has been found in Symantec Norton Anti-Virus that allows it to be compromised.
Symantec Norton Anti-Virus Flaw
What would the Doctor do? Switch to AVG or Avast! FREE anti-virus immediately! They are both excellent and free! Gotta love that! Links below:
FREE AVG Anti-Virus Download
Avast FREE Home Edition Download
Wow! Talk about your big purchases at Christmas! Seagate is buying competitor Maxtor!
Seagate Buys Maxtor
Seagate is the biggest hard drive manufacturer followed by Western Digital, with Maxtor in third place. The market shrinks… let’s hope drive prices don’t go up!
OpenOffice 2.01 is out… bug fixes and updates:
First Update to OpenOffice
Open Source, Free, and Safe… ya gotta love it!