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Open Source companies Red Hat and Canonical have highlighted serious concerns about a Microsoft plan to rid the world of rootkits, arguing that Redmond’s UEFI technology is "buggy".
Microsoft’s UEFI is an attempt to address the recent explosion in the number of viruses and other malware targeting low-level system services. Known as rootkits, these attacks are capable of infecting systems at a level that's difficult or impossible to detect with traditional anti-virus software, and often require complete system rebuilds to fix.
Red Hat has announced that it will acquire Gluster, the company behind cluster/cloud filesystem GlusterFS. In an announcement on its web site, Red Hat explains that the company considers the technologies used in Gluster to be a good fit with its cloud computing strategy. Red Hat will continue to support Gluster customers and will integrate Gluster products into its portfolio over the coming months. It hopes to continue to involve the GlusterFS community in developing the filesystem.
A running joke at this years LinuxCon is that “X is the year of the Linux desktop.” Jim Zemlin, head of the conference’s sponsoring organization, The Linux Foundation, started it with his keynote in noting how often he’d made that prediction and how often he’s been wrong. The current prediction, which I believe Linus Torvalds made last night was : “2031! The year of the Linux desktop.” Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat, has another year in mind for the Linux desktop though: Never. Oh, and the Windows and Mac desktops? Get ready to say good-bye to them soon.
A blog post made by Novell late last month - accusing one of its largest competitors in the commercial Linux space, Red Hat, of deliberately obfuscating its code to hamper third-party support efforts - raised some eyebrows in the community, so we sat down with the post's author, Michael Applebaum, to find out what's what.
At long last, a version of the U.S. Government Configuration Baseline (USGCB) for Red Hat Linux Desktop is in the house. The first set of USGCB security requirements were created some five years ago by the Office of Management and Budget, specifically for Windows Vista, with the assurance that other OSes would follow. With the proliferation of Macs and iPads, I'm surprised not to see a USGCB for Apple products. How far behind can the mobile platforms be?