|OSDN||OPEN SOURCE DEVELOPMENT NETWORK|
February 11, 2002
Public on Microsoft settlement: No thanks
For a company that has its products used by something like 90% of the U.S. computer-using public, Microsoft hasn't fared very well in the public comment portion of its proposed antitrust settlement. About 15,000 of those who commented opposed the proposed settlement, while only 7,500 wrote in support of it. Another 7,000 comments or so were thrown out for not being pertinent or coherent enough. Now what kind of person or Web site would encourage the public to oppose the deal?
We'll see what effect all these comments have on the Bush administration Department of Justice's rush to settle the case. Don't hold your breath, but a NewsFactor Network story suggested the comments may change the outcome of the settlement.
Which is more secure, Linux or Windows?
VNUnet.com and others reported statistics from SecurityFocus saying several Linux distributions had more vulnerabilities than Windows reported in the first half of 2001. Of course, Linux backers responded by saying that sometimes statistics lie.
In other news ....
Success story of the week
Further evidence of government support of Open Source: A South African government council praised Open Source and detailed the translation of the KDE project into the near dozen languages used in the country. Also, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is funding an Open Source bug hunt.
New at NewsForge and Linux.com
Other stories that NewsForge and Linux.com reported first this week:
The Nasdaq ended the week at 1,818.88, down nearly 100 points from the Feb. 1 close of 1,911.24, and that's even counting a 37-point rally on Friday. Our list of Open Source-related stocks didn't do any better; of the 11, only MandrakeSoft posted a gain for the week, although most rebounded partially on Friday.
There wasn't much news coming out of Open Source-related companies, but we thought it interesting that Borland joined the Business Software Alliance, which, among other things, goes after software users for license violations.
Here's how Open Source and related stocks ended this past week:
|Company Name||Symbol||2/1 Close||2/8 Close|
|Borland Software Int'l||BORL||16.91||16.65|
|Wind River Systems||WIND||18.05||16.69|