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.

Wim Coekaerts Returns to Oracle
Only eight months after leaving Oracle to serve as Microsoft's corporate vice president of enterprise open source, Wim Coekaerts returns to his Oracle home.
Using Open Source to Roll Back Prices at Walmart
How Walmart leveraged open source to build the infrastructure for the world's second largest online e-commerce site.
Microsoft Becomes a Card Carrying Open Source Citizen
All appearances are that Microsoft is no longer an outsider within the enterprise open source community, but a full-fledged citizen.
Starting a Career as an Open Source Developer 2
It's common knowledge that companies are looking for developers with open source skills -- but how do you help them find you?
Microsoft's Scott Hanselman: Supporting the Enterprise While Inspiring the Hacker
IT Pro had a conversation with Scott Hanselman, who will be giving a keynote address at Thursday's All Things Open as well as an afternoon presentation on .NET Core. We talked about Microsoft's approach to open source.
Mitchell Hashimoto Talks About His Superpower and Why You Should Find Yours
HashiCorp's Mitchell Hashimoto tells IT Pro how he got started in software, about the acceptance of open source by the enterprise, and why he recently changed hats from CEO to CTO at the company he founded.
DDOS Attack On Internet Infrastructure
A DDOS attack against a DNS server made many of the Internet's most visible sites unreachable for several hours to users on the East Coast.
Addressing the IoT Security Problem 1


Last week's DDOS takedown of security guru Brian Krebs' website made history on several levels. For one, it was the largest such reported attack ever, with unwanted traffic to the site hitting levels of 620 Gbps, more than double the previous record set back in 2013, and signalling that the terabyte threshold will certainly be crossed soon. It also relied primarily on compromised Internet of Things devices.

MySQL Exploit Evidently Patched

News began circulating yesterday that the popular open source database MySQL contains a publicly disclosed vulnerability that could be used to compromise servers. The flaw was discovered by researcher Dawid Golunski and began getting media attention after he published a partial proof-of-concept of the exploit, which is purposefully incomplete to prevent abuse.

Wrapping Your Head Around Private Blockchains
Anyone trying to understand the business potential of blockchains, which are being advertised as the up-and-coming next "greatest thing," might want to take a look at how the technology is already being used.
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