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U R G E N T    A P P E A L Distributed Denial of Service Attacks against SCO, or anyone for that matter, are a clearly unacceptable activity. While many in the Open Source community are not pleased with SCO's lawsuit against IBM, or their proposed legal challenges aimed at Linux users, these DDoS attacks do not promote the Open Source cause, and are not consistent with Open Source values. The Open Source community is based on the notion that principals of free speech should be applied to software development. DDoS attacks clearly deny the victim the ability to communicate freely on the internet. The fact that someone, or some group disagrees with the policies and/or practices of another person or group does not justify this type of attack. We strongly urge whoever is responsible to stop the attack immediately. ... (more)

From the Editors of Linux.SYS-CON.com

Related Links: From the Publisher of Linux Business Week Dear Linux.SYS-CON.com Readers, Publishing is a fickle business, and in today's world where your comments and responses can immediately be denounced and exposed, even more so. There has been a significant amount of discussion regarding recent Maureen O'Gara stories published in LinuxBusinessWeek regarding the SCO/IBM case. As we understand, as of today, she is standing by her story and actively seeking to unseal the court documents mentioned in her story. However Linux.SYS-CON.com and Linux Business Week are two separate publi... (more)

Linux for Dummies, 6th Edition

Dee-Ann LeBlanc's classic Linux for Dummies takes the new user from the basics of the operating system through installing and using it. Now in its sixth edition, I talked to Dee-Ann about the book, her thoughts on the direction of Linux and how she manages to fit all of the work that she does into her busy schedule. A sixth edition of a book on a relatively "new" technology is quite an achievement. Are things really changing that quickly in the Linux market? As technology goes, they're changing quite rapidly, especially in the desktop space. As of the fourth edition I made an "ex... (more)

Beginning MySQL Database Design and Optimization

Getting the design of your database right has a huge impact on a number of issues. Primarily performance, but it can also affect other areas like the flexibility of your database and how it integrates with the application-level solution, such as PHP or Perl, that you're using. Beginning MySQL Database Design and Optimization by Jon Stephens and Chad Russell covers the whole gamut of database design from choosing the right data types to the right database type and index. I talked to the authors about the book, MySQL 5.0, and database design. This book has a slightly different feel... (more)

Unix Advanced Visual QuickPro

Unix Advanced Visual QuickPro is a step-by-step guide to configuring the finer points of your Unix machine from file sharing, Web sites, and e-mail through to virus scanning. I talk to the author and long-time friend, Chris Herborth, about the book and the future of Unix and Linux gaming. Let's get the important questions out of the way first. Are you a bearded sandal wearing Unix guru? I'd consider myself more of a very advanced user and experienced programmer, although I do have a moustache/goatee (I think that's called a Van Dyke), and I do love to wear sandals when weather pe... (more)