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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 Marcia Knous and John Hedtke, authors of Firefox and Thunderbird Garage and here's what we talked about. Q: Unlike other alternatives to IE such as Opera and Mozilla, Firefox seems to have really caught the public's attention and is even being considered as a viable replacement for IE by many com... (more)

D@TA Protection and the Linux Environment

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... (more)

Toward Highly Available Linux Clusters

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 workin... (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)

Open Source Compliance: Getting Started Guide

This article discusses Open Source compliance and the challenges faced when establishing a compliance program, provides an overview of best practices, and offers recommendations on how to deal with compliance inquiries. Introduction Traditionally, platforms and software stacks were built using proprietary software and consisted of various software building blocks that came from different companies with negotiated licensing terms. The business environment was predictable and potential risks were mitigated through license and contract negotiations with the software vendors. In time,... (more)