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This article describes the HA-OSCAR architecture and features, and demonstrates how to set up a highly available Linux cluster using the first beta release of HA-OSCAR version 1.0. Introduction In 2002, Ibrahim Haddad, Chokchai Leangsuksun, and Stephen L. Scott established the HA-OSCAR (High Availability OSCAR) project with a primary goal of leveraging the existing OSCAR (Open Source Cluster Application Resources) technology while providing high-availability and scalability capabilities for Linux clusters. The OCG (Open Cluster Group) recognized the project as an official working group, along with the current OSCAR and Thin-OSCAR (diskless cluster) working groups. The anticipated users of the HA-OSCAR technology are members of the telecommunications industry and other industries looking to deploy highly available Linux-based clusters such as ISPs, ASPs, and HPC site... (more)

At Last, You Have Alternatives: Switch to Firefox and Thunderbird

Firefox and Thunderbird are Open Source products that are made available by the Mozilla Foundation. Open Source development lets anyone who wants to to examine the source code, or if they wish, to modify it. There are a number of advantages to Open Source development, including the fact that many people look at the code every day, which results in better responsiveness as bugs are uncovered. This dynamic development community is able to provide continual feedback to make the product better, paving the way for a better browsing and e-mail experience for everyone. We met with Marc... (more)

Carrier Grade Linux

This article provides an update of the Carrier Grade Linux initiative, the CGL specification, distributions, platforms and deployments. Carrier Grade Linux - The OSDL Initiative The OSDL Carrier Grade Linux working group was established in January 2002. Its goal is to identify requirements for enhancing the Linux operating system to achieve an open source platform that is highly available, reliable, secure and scalable, and so suitable for carrier grade systems. The CGL working group has the vision that next-generation and multimedia communication services can be delivered using L... (more)

"Secure Coding in C and C++" A Linux.SYS-CON.com Interview With Robert Seacord

Robert C. Seacord, a senior vulnerability analyst at the CERT/Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon University, has just published the book Secure Coding in C and C++ (Addison-Wesley, 2005). I sat down with him to discuss software security in the Linux environment and elsewhere. LWM: There's an ongoing debate over whether Linux is more secure than Windows. Some people argue that since Linux's source code is freely available, it makes it easy for hackers to implement hacks and break into Linux systems, whereas this becomes more difficult with proprietary operating systems. What'... (more)

Is the Open Source Development Model Right for Your Organization?

The open source development model has unique characteristics that make it in some instances a superior model for developing software compared to the traditional software engineering cascade model. As with other practices, the open source development model had its advantages and inconveniences. Will adopting the open source development model improve the way your corporate developers work and produce software? What are the best practices from the open source development model that we can use in a corporate environment? The open source software development model has a different proce... (more)