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Tim O'Reilly on "The Strange Case of the Disappearing Open Source Vendors"

by Tara McGoldrick Walsh
Linux Newsletter for 07/01/2002

Dear Reader,

In preparation for this July's Open Source Convention, Tim O'Reilly writes about the current state of open source. He explains why open source is good for businesses even if it isn't always good for software vendors, and he says customer lock-in is the real enemy of business, not the GPL. Tim also asks if you have information (either positive or negative) about the use of open source in government, or about the pressures placed on its advocates. If so, please post the information in the talkback at the end of his article, or email Tim directly. Your responses may be discussed at the "Open Source in Government" panel at OSCON.
The Strange Case of the Disappearing Open Source Vendors

Also this week, John Viega, Matt Messier, and Pravir Chandra, the authors of "Network Security with OpenSSL," offer advice on deploying SSL-enabled applications with OpenSSL. From recovering recorded sessions to insecure cryptography, you'll learn about seven common SSL pitfalls you'll want to avoid.
Seven Common SSL Pitfalls

We also have Michael Lucas's "Big Scary Daemon" column. This week Michael discusses disklabels--those files at the beginning of a disk that indicate where each BSD-style partition begins and how many disk sectors it occupies. Learn why it's important to understand disklabels as well as how to repartition disks on BSD. (And if you've missed any of Michael's previously published columns, you can reach them from this article.)
Understanding FreeBSD Disklabels

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Finally, one of OSCON 2002's featured speakers, Aahz, wants you to get loopy with Perl and Python. Playing off his upcoming tutorial in which he compares Perl and Python, in this article Aahz compares Python's loop constructs to Perl's.
Getting Loopy with Python and Perl

Thanks for reading,

Tara A. McGoldrick
tara@oreilly.com
Web Editor
O'Reilly Network

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The Strange Case of the Disappearing Open Source Vendors
Tim O'Reilly explains why open source is good for businesses even if it isn't always good for software vendors. Customer lock-in is the real enemy of business, not the GPL.

Seven Common SSL Pitfalls
Here are seven common pitfalls to avoid when deploying SSL-enabled applications with OpenSSL, by the authors of Network Security with OpenSSL.

Understanding FreeBSD Disklabels
A disklabel is a file at the beginning of a disk that indicates where each BSD-style partition begins and how many disk sectors it occupies.

Getting Loopy with Python and Perl
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