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The Cheese worm appears to be different. Dubbed the Cheese worm, the program is basically a self-spreading patch. It enters servers that have already been compromised by a previous bit of malicious code--the 3-month-old 1i0n worm--and closes the back door behind it, adding security to the system.
A little background
The GPL is considered to be the license that guarantees the freedom of your code for all time. If you use GPL'ed code in your program, you are legally bound to release the code to your program under the GPL. The idea is to protect Open Source code from people who would take it and build a commercial venture around it.
Open Source advocates are often embarrassed at the suggestion that their favorite type of software may be a socialistic phenomenon. Though they protest this insinuation strongly, many secretly fear it may be true. The sharing aspect of Open Source, its emphasis on community and its cost free availability, certainly sound like Socialism. And Open Source doesn't lend itself, easily, to commercial exploitation. Is it anti-capitalist, then?
Recently I happened to read an article in Linux Journal, which brought into focus the age-old debate of Linux v/s GNU/Linux. And guess who seems to be more vociferous about this? It was good old RMS. Fortunately or unfortunately, this issue got the better of me and led me to think about facts I would otherwise have neglected.
If I have freedom in my love,
And in my soul I am free,
Angels alone that soar above,
Enjoy such liberty.
The Open Source model of software development has churned out some truly
remarkable pieces of software. There are no dearth of examples of
excellent pieces of Open Source software, right from Apache, which is one
of the most widely used web servers, to Sendmail, which is responsible for
transporting billions of email messages around the world, every day. These
We all know Linux is great ... it does infinite loops in 5 seconds.
-- attributed to Linus Torvalds
I'm sure that anyone even remotely interested in computers must have heard
of Linux by now. Some have wondered what it is, others have tried
installing it. Yet others play with it now and then. Some people bless it
and some curse it. Some are scared of the apparent need to learn arcane
commands. Others would rather type `find / -name mailto.pl -print' than
search through a GUI file browser.
But there are many who wonder -- Just what is Linux? Linus Torvalds, the
Processor technology has come a long way. Right from 4 and 8-bit
processors to the latest 32-bit processors. They have all been significant
in powering the computers. Processors also define the architecture and
computing standards. Since the age of 386 processors, Intel has been
lugging on to 32-bit computing. 64-bit computing in going to be the next
leap in computers and 64-bit processors and operating systems are going to
play a significant role in powering the computers of the future.
64-bit computing has been around for a while now. Several of the IT
Today, I'm going to tell you a story. It's about a company called Borland,
now known as Inprise. But I prefer to call it Borland, since the name
brings back old memories.
In the 1970s, Philippe Kahn was working on the Pascal language in
Switzerland. In 1982, he came to the USA. In those days, Pascal compilers
were very expensive and cost a few thousand dollars. They were available
only for mainframes. That made Philippe Kahn think back and write a Pascal