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Two factor authentication

Two factor authentication, how hard can it be? Two factor authentication has two components: something you know, and something you have. Something you know is usually username&password and gives you the first factor. Something you have is a second factor and it isn't usually implemented. One can argue that private/public key encryption is strong, but it's not two-factor authentication into the computer systems. An ssh key or SSL certificate can be password protected, but it's still just a file on the computer usually. And you don't want someone to compromise user's laptop, take as long as they need to decrypt the password and use that to get access to your intranet. The criteria are: two-factor authentication open standard vendor independent free software stack available secure user friendly low-cost So let's start running down the systems available today for the two factor authentication: Smartcards / Tokens using PKCS #11 API & PKCS #15 stan

Thanks Ubuntu

I have first used Ubuntu in 2006 after having been burned by RedHat in 1999. It was a surprise that it worked, was much faster than my current OS and allowed me to painlessly install / use: GIMP, LaTeX, Emacs and many electronics CAD tools. Later Ubuntu allowed me to learn a lot about Linux through the ubuntuforums, ubuntu irc channels, help / wiki, developer weeks, code review, etc. I have now got an open-source job because I have these skills. Many of the above was either directly or indirectly sponsored by Canonical. From the first CD, to fixing bugs, to code review from exceptional Canonical hackers and of course free training sessions. All interaction I had with Canonical employees was very professional and timely. Heck, I've asked for URL-shortening service for launchpad and we have now as in . The upstream projects I'm involved in will probably never be part of any revenue questions. And some of them explicitly do not accept donations. I can defiant

I got a $job in #FLOSS!

So my last post was about me trying to find a job in Open Source. That post generated an email from Tristan Hill who told me that he recently started to work for Credativ and that they have positions open. So I've checked it out, looked lovely, but I wasn't so sure about the what type of work I would have to do. In February, I had an interview with Chris Halls and it was a dream come true. I took the job. Thank you Tristan Hill for reading Ubuntu Planet. Credativ is Open Source company. Job satisfies FSF open-source job definition . The company was started in Germany, by a Debian Developer - Dr. Michael Meskes. There are a few other Debian Developers. Credativ does a lot of 3rd line support around the world. The centre in Germany is 24h, the UK office is not. In the UK we do a lot of Nagios and OpenERP development & support as well as provide OSS training. Relaxed, diverse, challenging and fun =) And you get root ;-) And our marketing manager Irenie White has cakes