SNORT prepares for IPO

Open source innovator and SNORT creator, Sourcefire, Inc., a leader in network intrusion prevention, announced today the pricing of its initial public offering of 5,770,000 shares of its common stock at $15.00 per share (before underwriting discounts and commissions). Of those shares, Sourcefire is selling 5,320,000 shares and selling stockholders are selling 450,000 shares. The estimated net proceeds to Sourcefire are $71.8 million. Sourcefire will not receive any proceeds from the sale of shares by the selling stockholders. In addition, Sourcefire has granted the underwriters an option to purchase up to an additional 865,500 shares of common stock to cover over-allotments, if any. The common stock will be listed on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol "FIRE".

Open-source ID project awaits Microsoft's blessing

An open-source rival to a Microsoft identity tool has been in limbo for months, awaiting the software giant's go-ahead on certain patent-related issues.

Developers working on the Higgins project want to create a tool equivalent to Microsoft's Windows CardSpace, but fear the software giant's legal wrath if they don't receive permission on certain features. Although parts of the project continue to move forward, proponents say it may not reach its full potential without Microsoft's help.

Xbox360 Linux-PPC Kernel 2.6.20 Diff-Patches - Linux Loader Coming Soon

Felix Domke, known from the GameCube homebrew scene and the 'Console Hacking 2006' & 'Xbox and Xbox 360 Hacking' presentations at 23/22C3 posted diff-style kernel patches on ozlabs' linuxppc-dev mailinglist to add Xbox360 hardware support to the linux v2.6.20 kernel.

LinuxBIOS with X11 server completely in flash ROM

Now, this is one cool project (and video) from Alan Carvalho de Assis, as announced on the LinuxBIOS mailing list: LinuxBIOS with X Server Inside (YouTube video).

Management 'scared' by open source

EclipseCon Fear is stalking the corridors of corporate power, as executives sweat over the legal exposure caused by developers using open source software.

And the suits are resorting to play-it-safe legal advice and draconian management techniques in a vain attempt to stop open source crossing their frontier. Tactics include blocking popular sites like SourceForge and banning use of USB drives.

Where are the Linux admins?

In the battle to spread the use of GNU/Linux, it is often forgotten that education has to be the starting point. People need to be educated to the point where they come to demand decent behavior from an operating system; companies need educated admins to keep GNU/Linux systems running.

Open source becomes political wedge issue

Last year, in Massachusetts, we saw open source being used as a political football. But the underlying issue in that case was technological, the state's adoption of ODF as a standard format.