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Encryption Debate Revived (TechWeb). TechWeb says that Senator Judd Gregg's crypto legislation won't hold up, as companies need strong encryption. "'Asking a sophisticated organization to hand over encryption is untenable and dangerous, and it won't happen,' said Kawika Daguio, acting president of the Financial Information Protection Association, a group that helps firms protect sensitive information."
Microsoft stands by IIS despite Gartner recommendation (CNN). This article from CNN says that some firms are moving to Linux even though they weathered the Nimda and Code Red storms. "Palo Alto, Calif.-based law firm Fenwick & West LLP is planning on migrating off of its IIS servers to a Linux operating environment running Apache's Web server software. The decision was prompted by the continuing security concerns related to IIS, said Matt Kesner, the firm's chief technology officer. Also driving the move is cost: It's cheaper to run Apache on Linux than it is it to run IIS, Kesner said. "
Open source technologies: The new solution for Web applications (ZDNet). Interactive Week looks at how open source Web development tools can spur e-commerce in businesses from small scale to the Global 2000. "Open source offers the promise of significant functionality, customizability, reliability and scalability without the cost or complexity of high-end enterprise applications. Because the business model behind most open source companies does not depend on license revenues, the problematic economics of enterprise applications simply does not apply."
You Can Get There from Here, Part 3 (Linux Journal). Linux Journal continues its look into administrative issues on Linux, this time focusing on the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, known more simply as LDAP. "In all likelihood, you already have a copy of OpenLDAP on any recent distribution CD. The big advantage of building LDAP from source is that you will have all the bits and pieces right there when you are done. On my Red Hat test system, for instance, I found that the whole OpenLDAP suite was broken up into several components, such as clients, servers, PHP extensions and so on. In particular, a default installation may have everything you need to access an LDAP server, but not the server itself. That package was openldap-servers."
Management Tool Keeps Linux Systems In Tune (ZDNet). ZDNet looks at Aduva's management system for keeping Linux systems up to date. "Aduva Manager software, on the other hand, analyzes a Linux system through agents that send it system parameters. By referencing the online knowledge base, Manager can determine dependencies between various Linux components and which ones function optimally on a given hardware platform."
Lab improves Linux kernel patch tests (ZDNet). The Open Source Development Lab has released a benchmark tool for testing the scalability of patches to the Linux kernel. ``"The launch of STP validates the reliability, robustness and stability of Linux and open-source developments and makes industry-standard testing easy and readily available to anyone in the Linux development community," [noted OSDL director Tim Witham.]''
Section Editor: Forrest Cook
October 4, 2001