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Software Briefs: Linux.conf.au, NAI, Veritas

Software Briefs: Linux.conf.au, NAI, Veritas

WA Linux conference sells out

The organisers of the Linux.conf.au conference held in Perth last week were flooded with registrations for the event, selling well above their expectations: 359 guests registered for the conference and several tickets were sold at ‘the door’. Part of the reason for the conference’s popularity was a high profile speakers list that included Slashdot editor and OSDN director Jeff Bates, Paul ‘Rusty’ Russell, and the creator of the Linux kernel, Linus Torvalds.

NAI told: revamp agreement

A New York judge has ordered Network Associates (NAI) to stop placing restrictions on what customers can say about its products. The ruling, handed down by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice, Marilyn Shafer, enjoined NAI from “distributing, advertising and selling its software” with language that prohibited customers from disclosing the result of any benchmark tests to a third party without the company’s written approval, or publishing reviews of its products without NAI’s consent. Those restrictions appeared on NAI’s software diskettes and on the company’s Web site, from which customers can download software. NAI is the parent company of McAfee Security and Sniffer Technologies.

Veritas to restate results

Veritas Software will restate its results for the fiscal years 2000 and 2001 as a result of an investigation into a deal the software maker made with AOL Time Warner. In a statement, Veritas said that it would issue new results that erased $US20 million in revenue that was previously booked as licensing and support fees paid by the AOL Internet unit of AOL Time Warner. The company also said it would no longer count $US20 million in advertising paid to AOL as an expense. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) subpoenaed documents last year in relation to deals between Veritas and AOL as part of an investigation into AOL Time Warner’s accounting practices.


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