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Another example of unreal expectations when it comes to IT. At a client's site recently the boss's wife asks IT to install "this new fancy XP" on an old spare computer, which will become their home computer. "Could you also please install MYOB and when you're finished, just put it into the boot of my car. I'll be leaving in around 15 minutes." The computer in question was a 233 with 32Mb ram. She allowed 15 minutes for a full installation of XP and MYOB? I'd like to see that!

The Mozilla Foundation, maker of the Firefox Web browser and Thunderbird e-mail application, is offering a $US500 bounty to users who identify and report bugs found in its open source software. The program aims to help Mozilla unearth security issues earlier and get a head start on correcting vulnerabilities before they are exploited by malicious hackers.

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Speaking at Linux World last week, Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik said Red Hat had a few harsh words for SCO, saying the entire open source community is being threatened with unfounded claims, innuendo and rumour. "One year ago I stood in front of you … and we faced a unique challenge: the industry's version of the Sopranos was willing to challenge and create unsubstantiated threats of claims against intellectual property as a way to throw broken glass on the highway of progress," he said. Pretty emotive stuff.

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Business information software company Business Objects SA has received a notice from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that the federal regulator intends to recommend a civil action against the company for possible violation of US securities law. Company spokeswoman Anne Guimard said SEC is looking into its backlog of unshipped orders. "That is information that Business Objects does not release and no one in the software industry does," Guimard said, adding that the company would vigorously defend its position.

A handful of leading online content providers, including Yahoo and Google have been served with a class action lawsuit in the US for accepting advertisements for illegal Internet gambling. The lawsuit alleges that the companies are accepting money to promote illegal Internet gambling sites on their search engines through paid or sponsored entries claiming gambling companies get sales leads from the search engines.

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