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U R G E N T    A P P E A L Distributed Denial of Service Attacks against SCO, or anyone for that matter, are a clearly unacceptable activity. While many in the Open Source community are not pleased with SCO's lawsuit against IBM, or their proposed legal challenges aimed at Linux users, these DDoS attacks do not promote the Open Source cause, and are not consistent with Open Source values. The Open Source community is based on the notion that principals of free speech should be applied to software development. DDoS attacks clearly deny the victim the ability to communicate freely on the internet. The fact that someone, or some group disagrees with the policies and/or practices of another person or group does not justify this type of attack. We strongly urge whoever is responsible to stop the attack immediately. ... (more)

OSSI Making Progress on NIST Certification of Open SSL

In a press release earlier today, John Weathersby, Executive Director of the Open-Source Software Institute (OSSI) announced progress on getting the core cryptographic module of OpenSSL, which has been designated "OpenSSL Cryptographic Module v1.0," certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Details and a FAQ are here. Validation of this code is significant, because it's the first validation applicable at the source code level. By validating this source code, the door is opened to lower cost applications that require cryptography. The validation proce... (more)