Analyzing malicious SSH login attempts

Malicious SSH login attempts have been appearing in some administrators' logs for several years. This article revisits the use of honeypots to analyze malicious SSH login attempts and see what can be learned about this activity. The article then offers recommendations on how to secure one's system against these attacks.

Linux Networx Completes $37 Million Funding Round

Linux Networx, The Linux Supercomputing Company, today announced that it has completed a $37 million round of funding. The round includes new investors Lehman Brothers, Inc. and Canaccord Adams, as well as existing investors Oak Investment Partners and Tudor Ventures. The funding will drive the next phase in the company's strategy of delivering solutions that further reduce total cost of ownership (TCO), and improve the performance, manageability and utilization of Linux Supercomputers.

International PHP Conference 2006

Software & Support media is pleased to announce the International PHP Conference 2006. It will happen from Nov. 05 to Nov. 08, 2006 at Frankfurt/Main. This year's sessions include topics on Security, PHP Internals, PHP & Business and Webservice topics. The Call for Papers has been closed and the programme is now online.

MythTV 0.20 Released

The latest version of MythTV, the open source PVR application for Linux, has been released. New features (as documented in the release notes) include a new menu system, an improved internal DVD player, support for DVB radio channels, and mouse support. There is also a new plugin – MythArchive – which allows recordings be written to DVD.

KOffice 1.6 Beta 1 Released

KOffice, the KDE office suite, released version 1.6 beta1. This release incorporates a number of new features, mainly from the Google Summer of Code projects, as well as a great number of bug fixes. It also signals the start of the feature freeze that always preceeds a release of a major new version, thus giving the developers exactly a month to fix outstanding bugs. We urge everybody that is interested in KOffice to install and test this version to make sure that the final 1.6 has a high quality.

Honeyd spam trap shows that 43% of spam is sent by Linux machines

FTFA "Even though we can not identify the operating system for 53% of the connections, Linux is being used for at least 43% of all spammy connections. Solaris, Windows and FreeBSD are used infrequently."

Linux Will Never Displace Windows of its Leadership Position

Can the Open Source Software (OSS) movement defeat or cripple Microsoft in the marketplace? is a question doing the rounds. With little academic attention focused on the question, Harvard Business School professors Pankaj Ghemawat and Ramon Casadesus-Masanell decided to dive in. Most research to date into the OSS movement has focused on the organisation and management issues surrounding OSS. Ghemawat and Casadesus-Masanell chose to explore the fundamental competitive dynamics question in their study, 'Will OSS ever displace traditional software from its market leadership position?'

RP firms looking for 'open source alternatives'

IT is no longer a question whether or not local companies should go open source. It is whether local providers can deliver open source solutions, executives of local software companies have said.

Fernando Contreras, Jr., president and chief executive officer of software development and system design firm Imperium Technology Inc., said local customers were now aware of "open source alternatives."