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Nokia's (BSD) Security Connection

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From Yahoo! Finance: "It's not just about cell phones anymore. At least, that's the message coming from wireless giant Nokia. Over the past three years, Nokia Internet Communications, a U.S.-based division of the Finnish company, has grown from a pipsqueak in security to a force to be reckoned with. According to tech researcher IDC, Nokia is quickly grabbing market share in the exploding market for firewall/VPN appliances."

"UNIFIED INTERFACE.
What exactly does Nokia sell? Put simply, it designs computers equipped with a specially designed, hard-to-hack version of the open-source BSD operating system, a branch of the Unix family that also includes Linux. These machines are specially optimized to run software from leading security vendors, including firewalls from market leader Check Point (NasdaqNM:CHKP), intrusion-detection systems from Internet Security Systems (NasdaqNM:ISSX), and antivirus software from MacAfee. The only major pieces that Nokia itself contributes are VPN-management software and a management console that makes it easier for security engineers to monitor multiple products in a single, unified interface."

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Paid-for popups

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WindowsThis week, Microsoft will release the first of their .NET Services, and it's something called .NET Alerts. Digging through the hype, it's little popups you have to pay for and install yourself. How long until we in reality start paying to see advertising?

WinInformant has it all.
 
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Introduction to security policies

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SecurityThe systems and network administrators that take their job even half seriously, knows when to patch for security holes and when not to. Even so, after hearing about the latest IIS vulnerability, the race is on to get fixes and remedys and whatnot in place before the bad guys (or the bad worm) takes advantage of you being electronically naked in public.
 
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OSNews: Tao Group on ElateOS, AmigaDE and More

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From OSNews.com:

Tao Group is a well known name in the embedded systems market, but they became very popular when Amiga, Inc. licensed their products for the next generation of Amiga, AmigaDE.

The Tao Development Team answers today a series of questions regarding AmigaDE, Tao's relationship with Amiga, Inc. and their technology they offer in general. They also clear up some misunderstanding that seem to exist regarding what AmigaDE really is, and they offer to our readers a number of cool screenshots of the platform.

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Jedi Knights become official religion in UK

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NewsIn the UK Census 2001, it appears "Jedi Knights" have become an official recognized religion. Or not. That depends on how you read it. Either way, enough people have answered "Jedi Knights" on the right dotted line on the right form, so that this particular following has become - at least - listed in the Census.

Weird.

All the gory details are to be found at The Register.
 
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The big *BSD Interview

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FreeBSDFrom OSNews:
"Matt Dillon, the kernel/VM FreeBSD hacker (not the famous actor :) (...and the guy that wrote the Dice C-compiler on the Amiga -twa), is here with us today for an in-depth interview about everything regarding FreeBSD 5.0. This is the OS that all the techie people are waiting for and presenting it as the most advanced, technically-speaking, free OS of today. Additionally, we also include two mini interviews with Theo de Raadt, the OpenBSD founder, and Jun-ichiro "itojun" Hagino from the NetBSD Core Team. "
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Cool devices that run Linux

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GNU/LinuxLinuxDevices.com has updated its article about devices that runs Embedded Linux. Cellphones, set-top boxes, webpads, internet radios, PDAs and more! Read the full article.
 
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Wind River and FreeBSD's relationship ending

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FreeBSDFrom BSD Today comes this story:
Back in March, 2000, BSDI merged with Walnut Creek CDROM, the main distributor for FreeBSD. And BSDI had goals to "form a united front for the BSD operating systems. The company will deliver, support and enhance both BSD/OS and FreeBSD."

Then in April, 2001, Wind River bought the BSD properties from BSDi (and BSDi became the hardware company, iXsystems).

As was mentioned in my recent BSD/OS article, BSD/OS was the focus of the acquisition: "FreeBSD came along for the ride and ... gave Wind River a pulpit in the open source community."
Wind River had been actively seeking a partner for the FreeBSD project, said Larry Macfarlane, the Senior Director of the Application Platforms Product Division at Wind River. "Unfortunately, nobody has expressed sufficient interest."
 
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SETI@home broadens search

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The SETI@home project currently has over 3 million users, and is in danger of running out of data to send away for analysis to you and me. The project now has a Linux-based, super-fast digital data recorder donated by Hewlett-Packard. This new gadget can record data ten times faster than the old one, making a broader electromagnetic spectrum available for analysis.

One of the inherent problems with a project like SETI, is where to look. The spectrum in which it could be worth listening is vast. Up until now, the microwave band had been the place to point the parabolic ears.

There's more about this on Wired.
 
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Roaming Network Configurations for Laptops

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FreeBSDAs mentioned earlier, Daemon News has an article that addresses the common requirement of having differing settings on a per-location basis, this can include IP addresses, DHCP settings and even email profiles.
Ron Rosson of the San Diego BSD Users Group - SDBUG has created PCSite to address many of these same concerns. Information about PCSite can be found here.
 
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