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What’s new in Linux 2.6.29

After eight pre-release versions and, thanks to the holidays and LCA 2009 ( a somewhat extended development phase, Linus Torvalds has now released Linux version 2.6.29. A penguin masked Tasmanian devil called Tuz will stand in as Linux mascot for this release, with the aim of drawing attention to the plight of endangered animals.

As with its predecessors on the main Linux development line, 2.6.29 also includes a whole range of new features. The kernel hackers have included two new file systems, in the form of Btrfs and SquashFS, and have also added new functions and fixed a number of bugs in the still fledgling Ext4 code. Kernel-based mode setting (KMS) promises a flicker-free boot, higher resolution text consoles and the elimination of a number of graphics hardware-related technical problems.


WLAN security neglected due to lack of awareness

Firms are neglecting wireless local area network (WLAN) security because they do not realise how vulnerable they are, according to an expert. Companies also believe that protection for their systems will be expensive and are reluctant to devote part of their shrinking budgets to security, the guru explains.

Amit Sinha, fellow and chief technologist of Motorola Enterprise Wireless LAN, says: “They do not realise that there are misconfigurations in their WLAN, rogue WLAN devices, and poor policy enforcement.”

He adds that businesses need to invest in a secure infrastructure for their networks and round-the-clock wireless intrusion in order to detect attacks and prevent accidental or malicious associations, for which they may require London IT support.


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Man behind BBC botnet defends decision

The man behind the BBC’s controversial decision to hire a botnet for its @click news programme, has told TechRadar that he believes that it was the right thing to do.

Jacques Erasmus of Prevx insists that criticism over the BBC’s decision to pay cybercrimnals for the use of a botnet should be considered a small price to pay for educating the public as to what danger they are in. “Well to be honest in terms of public interest it was the right thing to do,” Erasmus told TechRadar.

“There’s definitely some aspects to it that might be perceived as bad but in terms of the public’s point of view the message is being well served and the BBC’s reach is much greater than any other news outlet so they were the right guys to go with .