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IT Management Linux News for Sep 22, 2009

  • EC probe costing Oracle $100m a month (Sep 22, 2009, 22:36)
    The Register: "Larry Ellison claims the European Commission investigation into his proposed takeover of Sun Microsystems is costing him $100m a month. Coincidentally that is exactly how much Ellison spends on scented candles to keep his fleet of fighter aircraft smelling fragrant."

  • Five enterprise open source wiki apps to watch (Sep 22, 2009, 21:36)
    CIO: "Collaborative editing of Web documents has brought a new dimension to enterprise knowledge management. The architecture that made Wikipedia famous can now be applied to internal processes."

  • The Linux Foundation's "Community" Doesn't Look Very Community (Sep 22, 2009, 20:06)
    Linux Today Blog: "Here we are on Day Two of the Linux Foundation's Linuxcon, and it sure looks like the face of Linux is still a bearded one, despite the Linux Foundation's grand claims of Community. Perhaps they have a more limited definition of "community.""

  • Does Size Matter? Picking a Sane Password Policy (Sep 22, 2009, 16:35)
    Enterprise Networking Planet: "But since a password like that would be impossible to remember, it's not really practical for most end user applications. So how long should your corporate password policy specify that a password should be?"

  • Ellison: 'Sun losing $100 million a month' (Sep 22, 2009, 15:05)
    Eye of the Needle: "With Sun, said Zander, Oracle's getting a struggling hardware company that's losing market share."

  • Ramming Microsoft down IT's throat (Sep 22, 2009, 13:32)
    InfoWorld: "...it's not far-fetched to believe that Microsoft probably gave Nissan oodles of free licenses and support in order to get the company to run Hyper-V in production. It's a good thing, too, since it simply wasn't an enterprise-grade hypervisor then and isn't now."

  • Linux botnet discovery points to lazy administrators (Sep 22, 2009, 09:02)
    Builder AU: "Recently, a Russian security researcher discovered a 100-node Linux "cluster" that was running a botnet which was, in turn, connected to a group of desktop machines. Altogether these machines were serving up malware."

  • Why Developers Get Fired (Sep 22, 2009, 03:02)
    Datamation: "“You’re fired!” Those are words that no developer wants to hear, especially with an exclamation point. Perhaps you are thinking it could never happen to you."