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Well, I don’t have much time for a real post. I’m quite busy with school work and prepping for an OpenSolaris demo at RUSLUG on this Tuesday. Also, I’ve pretty much finished my initial evaluation of Hyperic HQ and, after reviewing the features of most of the options, I’m looking at Zenoss Core for the next round.

So, instead of anything interesting, a few news stories from the past few days:

  • Slashdot - an interesting article on search and seizure of electronic devices at airports

  • From asuseeehacks.blogspot.com, also bugtraq - the Asus eeePC apparently has a root-level vulnerability in its’ out-of-the-box Xandros distro, involving Samba. For people like me who put a much better OS on it, it’s not a big problem.

  • InformationWeek is reporting that the EU is investigating Microsoft - again. This time, for violating antitrust laws during its’ push for MSOOXML. There’s also a small page at GrokLaw dedicated to this newest development.
  • According to Ars Technica, the congressional bill on college funding that would require schools to filter out P2P traffic has PASSED in the House, with the filtering clause intact. Fine. Whatever. A gross invasion of privacy, and of college students’ rights, but that’s nothing new. However, if I’m sitting in my office at Rutgers and have a single hiccup downloading the OpenSuSE Beta 1 via BitTorrent on April 17th, mark my words, my congressmen (and Rutgers administrators) will learn my phone number by heart.
  • Some progress in Arista v. Does 1-21, the RIAA’s attack on Boston University students. But, unfortunately, the end of the McCarthy-esque tactics doesn’t seem to be near yet and, even worse for me, neither does the likelihood that the recording industry will wake up and see what the market’s asking for, and give me downloadable DRM-free music and movies.

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