Christine Hall


Christine Hall has been a journalist since 1971. In 2001 she began writing a weekly consumer computer column and began covering IT full time in 2002, focusing on Linux and open source software. Since 2010 she's published and edited the website FOSS Force. Follow her on Twitter: @BrideOfLinux.

Kurdish Group Hacks openSUSE Linux Website
There's no evidence that any real damage was done in a defacement of the Linux distro's website -- but even a "small" hack on an operating system site is cause for concern.
Oracle Policy Change Raises Prices on AWS
The change, which effectively doubles Oracle's prices for implementing its software on AWS, was put in effect quietly, with little notification to users.
Enterprise Linux's Big Three 1
Linux for the enterprise is dominated by three companies, with each offering its own branded distribution, as well as support and customization.
Three Upcoming Open Source Conferences
Attending open source conferences like the three coming up this spring can be an effective way to both expand your skills and make contacts with people from outside your organization.
Pink Slips From Microsoft and Oracle
Two tech giants are handing out pink slips this week. In one case, this means next to nothing. The other, however, might signal more layoffs to come.
DB Ransom Attacks Spread to CouchDB and Hadoop
The erasure of data on improperly secured databases has broadened to include Apache-Hadoop's distributed storage and the NoSQL CouchDB. Expect more to come.
Oracle Drops Plans for Solaris 12
Instead of Solaris 12, Oracle plans a Solaris as the operating system's last version until at least 2021, as well as a SPARC IaaS.
Truffle Hog Finds Security Keys Hidden in GitHub Code
A tool is now available on GitHub for finding security keys that might have been accidentally left behind in open source code.
Don't Pay the MongoDB Ransom
The MongoDB ransomware attack is so easy that black hats are following each other to vulnerable sites. What this means to database owners is that once a ransom note has been received, a backup is the only option for restoring the lost data.
Red Hat Improves Hybrid Cloud Management With CloudForms 4.2
Last week's release of Red Hat CloudForms 4.2 promises to make life easier on DevOps running complex Hybrid Clouds.
$25,000 Prize Offered in FTC IoT Security Challenge
The Federal Trade Commission seeks the public's help in solving the issue of keeping Internet facing devices secure.
MongoDB Data Being Held For Ransom
Those deploying MongoDB on AWS appear to be most vulnerable to an attack that is wiping data and then demanding a bitcoin ransom.
Open Source Enterprise Trends for 2017
Here's a brief look at what the New Year holds in store, not only for Linux and open source, but for enterprise IT as a whole.
Will SUSE Bring SBCs to Datacenters?
SUSE's November release of SLES for the Raspberry Pi might eventually bring a new breed of server to server rooms and datacenters.
Open Source, Free Riders and Crowdfunding
There's a mantra for those who regularly use open source software in business: If you use it, you should fund it.
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