Some advice for Microsoft: dump Windows

It’s time for Microsoft to dump Windows.

In fact, ten years ago would have been a good time to start. At the risk of berating the obvious, it’s clear that security will continue to be a major problem for Microsoft. The reason is their tether to legacy code, and their patchwork attempts to shore up their OS core. It’s time to let it go.

Apple did it, and did it well. They created a virtualized environment to run Classic MacOS apps in order to ease the transition. When they switched processor architectures, they developed Rosetta, which allows PowerPC apps to run on an Intel platform without modification, again, easing the transition. It can be done. It has been done. It should be done.

What would happen to Linux and FreeBSD if Microsoft decided to create a new UNIX based operating system? This is an article by Paul Venezia on Infoworld.com.

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new release: AskoziaPBX pb14.1

Michael Iedema announced the availability of AskoziaPBX 14.1

after a week of testing and feedback, we’re proud to announce pb14.1! Thanks to everyone for taking the time to let us know what you did and did not like. Also, a huge thanks to those providing webGUI translations.

Some of the changes and updates:

  • New localizations for simplified and traditional Chinese, Danish and Dutch
  • Sorting the logs in reverse order has been reinstated
  • SIP and IAX2 URIs can now be used as dialstrings for external phone accounts
  • Users may now define their own voicemail notification e-mail messages
  • Dynamic dns update server address for zoneedit has been fixed
  • jquery updated to 1.2.6

Download links and website

release: m0n0wall 1.234

Manuel Kasper has announced the release of m0n0wall 1.234, a minimalist firewall distribution based on FreeBSD.

I’ve decided to create one more release in the 1.2x stable branch to add source port randomization (for both NAT and the DNS forwarder). This is a recommended upgrade for all 1.2x users, no matter whether you’re running a DNS server behind m0n0wall with NAT or not.

LINKS: Download (MD5) | Change log | Website

BSD at LinuxWorld 2008

pc-bsd girl and pc-bsd babe, in real life Gloria Galicia (photo left) and Perla Ibarra (photo middle), were representing FreeBSD/PC-BSD at the LinuxWorld 2008, San Francisco.

I work for one of the sponsors of BSD. I’ve never been to a trade show before and wanted to check it out and support BSD

says Galicia. Both ladies were at the BSD Booth with Matt Olander, CTO at iXsystems, to answer questions about FreeBSD and PC-BSD (incl. the upcoming PC-BSD 7 Fibonacci).

This operating system has been under steady development since the ’70s, and we’re a viable alternative to Linux,

said Matt Olander.

Source: wired.com (08/08/2008)

InfoWorld’s award for FreeNAS

FreeNAS has been awarded with InfoWorld’s Bossie award for being the best free, open source storage server.

Even as the capacity of physical disks soars, storage vendors continue to charge a small fortune for network filers. An open source alternative on the lower end is FreeNAS, which has support for CIFS, NFS, rsync, SSH, iSCSI. and FTP, as well as software RAID. It can handle several authentication methods (including local, Active Directory, NIS, and RADIUS), and sports a Web GUI, all while taking less than 32MB after installation. This means you can use it on USB keys and portable hard drives.

InfoWorld’s annual Bossies awards recognize top free and open source software, and the second annual list of winners is out now. Unlike SourceForge’s Community Choice Awards, where winners are determined by votes from the community, the Bossies are awarded by InfoWorld’s editorial and test center staff.

Congratulations to the FreeNAS team. Well done

rc release: HeX LiveCD 2.0RC1

HeX LiveCD is a Network Security Monitoring (NSM) centric Live CD, built based on the principles of NSM, for analysts, by analysts. Besides containing most of the popular Open Source NSM tools and the Fluxbox window manager, the HeX Live CD also contains tools to perform network analysis.

After a long development on 2.x branch, HeX LiveCD 2.0-RC1 is now available. It’s FreeBSD 7.0 based and stuffed with lots of NSM apps. With unionfs, HeX 2.0-RC1 loads even faster than the previous version.

LINKS: Download | known issues | MD5 | Website