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Record Labels To Sue SourceForge Open Source Project Hosting Platform

Consider this ... the stupidest example of law. From the blog post:

French record labels have received the green light to sue four US-based companies that develop P2P applications, including the BitTorrent client Vuze, Limewire and Morpheus. Shareaza is the fourth application, for which the labels are going after the open source development platform SourceForge.

By this logic they will sue hard disk manufacture companies (for providing data storage equipment) and ISPs (for transferring out P2P traffic). Putting aside the discussion on the responsibilities of application developers for their users activities, the decision to go after SourceForge for hosting a application that can potentially infringe, is stretching credibility beyond all bounds.

=> Record Labels to Sue Vuze, Limewire and SourceForge

Red Hat Open Sourced Identity, Policy, Auditing Management Security Framework Tool

Red Hat has open-sourced its identity-management and security system to promote its assertion that open-source software provides the most secure infrastructure. From the press release:

Red Hat Certificate System was acquired from AOL three years ago as part of the Netscape technology acquisition. In keeping with our commitment to open source software, today Red Hat has released all of the source code to Red Hat Certificate System. Much of the technology in Red Hat Certificate System was already open source, including the Apache web server, Red Hat Directory Server and the FIPS140-2 level 2 validated NSS cryptographic libraries, but today’s move further demonstrates Red Hat’s belief that the open source development model creates more secure software.

I think the freeIPA project is really good addition. It provides central management of identity, policy, and auditing for Unix and Linux using open-source and open-standards technologies.

freeIPA under Fedora Linux
(Fig. 01: freeIPA running under Fedora Linux [Image Credit freeIPA project])