eWEEK Labs in Review: Ubuntu and Internet Criminals

Last week's Labs coverage was lead by a great columnby Jim Rapoza about the results of the MySpace bullying trial, which ended in a criminal conviction based on a terms of service violation. As Jim points out, if violations of Web site terms of service equate to hacking crimes, then many of us are clicking our way to the big house. Elsewhere in Labs, I wrote a review of Ubuntu Linux 8.10 (also known as the Intrepid Ibex) in which I once again crowned Ubuntu the King of Desktop Linux. Not surprisingly, the coronation drew some healthy debate...

Last week, Jim Rapoza wrote a great columnabout the results of the MySpace bullying trial, which ended in a criminal conviction based on a terms of service violation.

As Jim points out, if violations of Web site terms of service equate to hacking crimes, then many of us are clicking our way to the big house.

Elsewhere in the world of emerging tech, Jim's rounded up the ET headlines of the week, and prepared a review and slideshow of Google's latest bit of social networking widgetry, Google Friend Connect.

For my part, I wrote a review of Ubuntu Linux 8.10(also known as the Intrepid Ibex) in which I once again crowned Ubuntu the King of Desktop Linux.

Not surprisingly, the coronation (which wasn't the first of its kind) drew some healthy debate, both in the comments section of the review, and in my email inbox. I love to talk Linux, so email me with your case for [YOUR DISTRO HERE] and I'll roll up the debate into a future post.

Also, for your viewing pleasure, we cheffed up a brief Intrepid Ibex slideshow.

From Matt Sarrel, we have a review of ContentWatch's CP 300 security and traffic shaping appliance, the value proposition for which Matt masterfully summarized with the sentence:

""A powerful driver for these solutions is the ability to limit or restrict bandwidth usage based on content categories or media type so that Jane in research can browse the Web looking for information on competitors' products, but Bob in accounting can't stream live video of the Victoria's Secret fashion show.""

Check out Matt's review here, and follow this linkfor your CP 300 slide show.

Meanwhile, Frank Ohlhorst has worked up a pair of VAR-licious product views over at Channel Insider:

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