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Ibrahim Haddad

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Organizations that gather and store critical information have to protect it. While there are tried and true techniques for data protection, there are also new and innovative ones. These new practices and tools greatly enhance an organization's ability to protect mission-critical data. Linux and Open Source users are specially challenged when trying to take advantage of much of this new technology. We asked technology analyst Tom Petrocelli about what is new and interesting in data protection. Tom is president of Technology Alignment Partners (www.techalignment.com) and author of the new book Data Protection and Information Lifecycle Management. LWM: Where is data protection going? Are there changes underway in the way we protect mission-critical data? Tom Petrocelli: This is an exciting time for people involved in data protection, and not in the bad way that things... (more)

Linux Gains Momentum in Telecom

OSDL's Carrier Grade Linux working group is hard at work on an open source platform for the telecom industry. This article describes the goals, structure, and working groups of CGL; presents the CGL architecture; and provides an overview of the CGL 2.0 requirements. The Linux kernel does not meet telecom requirements in various areas, including reliability, security, and scalability. Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) has established the Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) working group to specify and help implement an open source platform targeted for the communication industry that is ... (more)

Interview with Mark G. Sobell

For this issue, I'm going to talk with long-time Linux author Mark Sobell. Mark's first Linux book came out in 1996, when Linux was in its infancy. In this interview Mark discusses Red Hat's Fedora Core 2 version of Linux and his experiences writing Linux books. LWM: I know you've written a lot of books. When did you write your first one? MGS: My first book, A Practical Guide to the UNIX System, was published in 1982. At that time it was one of three or four books on UNIX. Since then, I've written a number of books on System V and BSD UNIX, databases, Solaris, and three books on L... (more)

OSDL's Data Center Linux

Data Center Linux (DCL), one of four OSDL initiatives, has the goal to accelerate Linux adoption in corporate data centers. DCL provides a center of gravity for developers, users, vendors, and the open source community to work together to improve Linux capabilities and feature requirements, accelerating the development and adoption of Linux in the data center. As is the case with the Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) initiative, many OSDL member companies, organizations, and individuals are involved with the DCL initiative with a special focus on services, databases, and DCL mission-cri... (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)