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Computerworld.NZ: Two From New Zealand's Govis Open Systems Seminar

Aug 12, 2003, 02:00 (1 Talkback[s])
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OSS Support Could Foster Kiwi Talent

"An opportunity exists for Kiwis to develop and support a growing range of open source applications, says an IBM specialist, but we should watch for rivalry from large open source-disposed markets like China and India.

"The key drivers for wider acceptance of open source software (OSS) will be the availability of strong applications and 'application services' in the form of well-coordinated support and development, says IBM Linux programme director Mary Ann Fisher.

"In an interview after her address to the Govis-organised government and open systems seminar, the US-based Fisher put a more positive face on her applications comment. Speaking to Computerworld at the conference she called it 'a gating factor' that might handicap the widespread and quick adoption of OSS..."

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Panel Discusses Security and Purchasing Politics

"The subject of how to audit an open source-based system for reasons of security came up in a panel session that ended the Govis conference.

"Particularly significant in the public sector, audit trails are explicitly included as part of common closed source operating systems software, but auditability is not a standard feature of the Linux kernel, noted Mark Pascall of developer 3months.

"Audit features have been kept out for the sake of keeping the kernel clean and consistent, says IBM's Mary Ann Fisher, but 'hooks' have been included to bind in appropriate additional software..."

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