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[News] FSF Improves PayPal for Everyone's Benefit

  • Subject: [News] FSF Improves PayPal for Everyone's Benefit
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2009 16:00:29 +0000
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FSF works with PayPal to the benefit of the free software community

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| The Free Software Foundation thanks PayPal 
| for responding to its concerns and making 
| its terms more free software friendly.


Bona fide open source

,----[ Quote ]
| Has open source become a victim of its own 
| success as businesses identify as it just 
| to look good?
| [...]
| The Free Software movement emerged from 
| Richard Stallman's project to create a a 
| UNIX-like free operating system in 
| September 1983.
| 'Open Source' emerged much later, in 1998, 
| after Linux and free software had begun to 
| amass a substantial following among users 
| and developers and had made significant 
| inroads into the computer industry.
| Some saw 'open source' as a radical 
| departure from the objectives of free 
| software, but many saw it as a rebranding 
| which made it easier to sell free software 
| to a business audience, shorn of the 
| political trimmings that gave the free 
| software movment its edginess.
| The Open Source Definition took its 
| substance from the Debian Free Software 
| Guidelines.
| "Open source is a development methodology; 
| free software is a social movement," wrote 
| Stallman. 



PayPal Says Linux Grid Can Replace Mainframes

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| PayPal is currently processing $1,571 worth of transactions per second in 17 
| different currencies on about 4,000 servers running Red Hat Linux.  


PayPal Plans to Ban Unsafe Browsers

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| PayPal says allowing customers to make financial transactions on unsafe 
| browsers "is equal to a car manufacturer allowing drivers to buy one of their 
| vehicles without seat belts."  
| PayPal, one of the brands most spoofed in phishing attacks, is working on a 
| plan to block its users from making transactions from Web browsers that don't 
| provide anti-phishing protection.  
| The eBay-owned company, which runs a Web-based payment system that allows the 
| transfer of funds between bank accounts and credit cards, said browsers that 
| do not have support for blocking identity theft-related Web sites or for EV 
| SSL (Extended Validation Secure Sockets Layer) certificates are 
| considered "unsafe" for financial transactions.    
| "In our view, letting users view the PayPal site on one of these browsers is 
| equal to a car manufacturer allowing drivers to buy one of their vehicles 
| without seat belts," said PayPal Chief Information Security Officer Michael 
| Barrett.   

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