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IT Management Linux News for May 20, 2009

  • The new face of open source on Wall Street (May 20, 2009, 22:32)
    The Open Road: "Cost may be a primary driver for the shift to open source, but as the managing director of Technology Risk Management at Bank of New York Mellon told me, open-source software has become the innovation platform of choice for financial services companies."

  • ASEAN Free Software Wishlist (May 20, 2009, 22:02)
    Brendan Scott's Weblog: "But, so far as I am aware no one actually is throwing money around. Which is disappointing, given that the Australian government donates $100 million a year to the copyright lobby and even more to the closed source lobby."

  • Newham and the Prisoner's Dilemma (May 20, 2009, 21:32)
    open Enterprise: "First the bad. Newham demonstrates that once Microsoft products are used for a large number of functions in a large organisation, there is a natural tendency to use even more of them because of the way that Microsoft links and binds them together."

  • Cisco makes peace with Free Software Foundation (May 20, 2009, 20:32)
    Cyber Cynic: "Last December, the Free Software Foundation sued Cisco for copyright infringement. Some people saw this battle being like a moth tackling a light-bulb-a total no win situation for the moth. But, a few months later, what do we find? Cisco is making friends with the free software instead of burning it to a crisp. "

  • Many Sun Products to Wither and Die (May 20, 2009, 19:32)
    CIO Update: "With slumping budgets, declining server market, and a moribund Sun, Oracle will be hard-pressed to make the hardware side of this deal a strong success."

  • Secret code and the damage it does to our society (May 20, 2009, 18:02)
    Computerworld UK: "However things have moved on and secret code is becoming a threat to our civil liberties and to the development of IT in general."

  • If Oracle commits to Solaris, will IBM buy Red Hat? (May 20, 2009, 17:02)
    The Open Road: "Katherine Egbert has predicted (again) that Red Hat will be bought, this time by IBM. While I have indulged my own Red Hat acquisition fantasies in the past, I just can't see a near-term acquisition of Red Hat by IBM. Unless...."

  • How Old is that Data on the Hard Drive? (May 20, 2009, 16:32)
    Linux Magazine: "The vast of amount of data being stored in this day and age, naturally leads to files sitting unused for longer and longer periods of time. A new app, agedu, can quickly tell you what data on your filesystem is lying fallow."

  • Why are you not running Apache? New IIS holes should make you rethink your web server (May 20, 2009, 15:32)
    Linux Journal: "What got me thinking about Apache was partially nostalgia and partially head banging and continued frustration with government use of IIS, especially given the exciting events this week."

  • The RIAA Has Got to Stop (May 20, 2009, 10:33)
    PC Magazine: "I ask this simple question: If there's a band out there whose CD I would buy, how am I supposed to discover this band? Tell me how! Is Rush Limbaugh going to play them?"

  • Joining a Windows 7 system to a Samba domain (May 20, 2009, 09:03)
    GGTSdotNET: "Turns out you have to add two reg keys as well. Since it took me a fair bit of search to find this, I thought I'd document the required changes here, if for no other reason to save myself the trouble when I went to do it again..."

  • Microsoft now all about cooperation? Yes, thanks to patents (May 20, 2009, 04:33)
    ars Technica: "Far from being the evil monopolist, Microsoft has in many ways become the cooperative giant--and it's all thanks to intellectual property. The company's IP czar takes us inside the corporate transformation in a new book, Burning the Ships, to show us how it happened (and to take a few potshots at Richard Stallman)."