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The ramblings of a former Australian SaND TSC* Principal Field Technologist

Sun, Solaris, Open Source and Slashdot

At the moment I keep getting the following message whenever I try to post to slashdot.

Sorry, but according to our tests, you are trying to post from an open HTTP proxy. Please close the proxy or ask your sysadmin or ISP to do so, because open proxies are used to spam web boards like this one.

If you have questions, mention that your proxy is at XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX on port 8080.

I mailed Cowboy Neal, but have not had a response on this.

I do hope they fix this soon. I don’t believe we have an open proxy, what we have is a proxy with around 33000 people behind it.

Anyway, here is the response that I was trying to make to Solaris 10 Released, Updated & Free (Like Speech).

I find the bashers who claim that Sun is going to play a bait and switch with Open Sourcing Solaris a continuing amazement.

There is a commitment from Jonathan and from Scott that Solaris will released under an OSI compliant license. That’s a pretty clear statement.

I am one of the engineers taking part in the pilot. The pilot is coming along nicely and there is a lot of good discussion going on. There are things that are still being ironed out, but progress is being made, and its not just internal folk.

The thing that won’t surprise me is that when it does get released as advertised, is that the foksk who are bashing now are not going to come out and say “Oops, guess I was wrong”. But that’s slashdot.


Looks like it is just one of the Sun proxies that slashdot doesn’t like. Strange. I managed to post against the article now.


Written by Alan

November 15, 2004 at 3:15 pm

Posted in Solaris Express

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  1. If you know the IP addresses of your proxy servers (not hard to find out with a “who am I” IP checker website), test them against one of the following for open status:
    Both of those do lookups against dozens of open mail relay, open proxy, known spam, etc. databases and report their findings back to you. They’re very useful for any netblock admin but also for users who get screwed by poor network administration.

    Michael T. Babcock

    November 19, 2004 at 7:31 am

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