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Open-Source Lab Hires Linus Torvalds

The Open Source Development Lab in Beaverton, Ore., said it has hired Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, as a full-time employee. Torvalds will be a fellow at the lab and "work exclusively on leading the development of Linux," the nonprofit, multivendor consortium announced. Torvalds previously was a fellow at Transmeta Corp., a microprocessor vendor in Santa Clara, Calif.

Hacker Leaks CERT Vulnerability Info

The CERT Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh was hit by another leak of confidential vulnerability information, following a flurry of such leaks in March. The latest incident involves a flaw in PDF readers for Unix systems, according to a report posted to a discussion list by a hacker using the name "hack4life." CERT officials wouldn't comment about the vulnerability.

SSA Global Buys E-Commerce Firm

Business applications vendor SSA Global Technologies Inc. said it has bought Ironside Technologies Inc., a Pleasanton, Calif.-based developer of e-commerce software. The deal came two weeks after Baan International BV said that as part of its buyout deal with its former parent, it will merge with Chicago-based SSA .

Short Takes

NEC Corp.'s NEC Solutions (America) Inc. unit in Sacramento, Calif., announced a set of IT services for midsize companies. . . . FrontRange Solutions Inc., a CRM software vendor in Colorado Springs, said it's looking for a new CEO following the resignation of top executive Patrick Bultema.

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