Linux in the News - Thursday
Linux in the News - Thursday
By: Linux News Desk
Jan. 29, 2004 12:00 AM
SCO Offers $1/4M Reward, Alleging Virus To Be Part of the 'Linux War'
"The SCO Group late Tuesday offered a $250,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the writer of a fast-spreading mass-mailing virus that is programmed to launch a massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack against the SCO home page. The W32.Novarg.A@mm (MyDoom) virus, which has emerged as an unlikely weapon in the ongoing 'Linux War' between SCO and the open-source community, is set to launch the DDoS attack against SCO on Feb. 1 and has a trigger date to stop spreading on Feb. 12.
Reported at InternetNews.com, January 28, 2004
Debian is Fastest-Growing Distro"Over the six months from July 2003, Debian has been the fastest growing Linux distribution according to Bath-based Internet researcher Netcraft. Netcraft counted active sites containing the name of a Linux distribution in the Apache server header.
In percentage terms, Debian is closely followed by SuSE, now owned by Novell, and Gentoo. Red Hat has a far greater number of sites but -- quite typically for larger players in the market -- a much slower growth rate. Its share fell this month, following widely publicised and controversial changes to its licensing and security update policies, which saw the company move to a more commercial model to which many in the open source community were unaccustomed. However, with a hit rate of over 1.45 million, more than the rest of the distros combined, Red Hat won't be too upset.
A distribution name was present in a little over a quarter of Linux based Apache sites, according to Netcraft, and the overall growth rate of Linux servers was just under 15 per cent."
Reported at Techworld.com, January 29, 2004
"We have good news for the Mandrake Linux user community. During the latest fiscal quarter ending December 2003, MandrakeSoft reported a net profit for the first time since 1999. If you would like to learn more, please see the latest shareholder letter."
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