UN establishes Working Group on Internet Governance -- and other news briefs

Short takes from last week's news

UN creates IT and policy group for the internet

The UN has created a working group made up of governments, non-governmental organisations and the private sector to manage the governance of the internet at technical and policy levels. The Working Group on Internet Governance met for the first time today (23 November).

Windows CE becomes the number one PDA OS

The latest market data from Gartner found that the Microsoft Windows CE operating system is now the most dominant platform for handheld computers. Windows CE surpassed Palm OS for the first time in the third quarter of 2004. Microsoft Windows CE accounted for 48.1% of worldwide PDA shipments in third quarter of 2004. Palm OS represented 29.8% of the market, down from a 46.9% market share in the same period last year.

Red Hat revamps Fedora Linux security

Red Hat has revamped its Fedora Linux distribution to include a version of the Security Enhanced Linux developed by the US National Security Agency. According to Red Hat, the operating system locks down processes which are considered vulnerable to attacks.

RSA Security releases secure single sign-on

RSA Security has introduced Sign-On Manager, which combines the firm's authentication products with enterprise single sign-on. The authentication system supports password-only and two-factor authentication and offers policy and credential management.

Network Appliance doubles data storage

Network Appliance has produced what it said is the first dynamic virtualisation engine, capable of aggregating physical storage components into intelligent, self-optimising capacity pools. With its new Data Ontap 7G, users' storage utilisation can double and I/O performance for enterprise-class applications is increased, the company said.

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