RE: Use of closed source software

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Date: Mon Feb 04 2002 - 12:11:34 MST

> Again the real issue is whether there is a well organized, active effort
> to search out and fix bugs in the open source product. Just publishing
> the source will not automatically make that happen. If you don't have
> that, releasing source can actually hurt security.

Invisible hand. There is a demand for secure systems, therefore there are
companies that supply kits for making your open source OS secure. In the
case of the closed-source project, it doesn't matter what the demand is
doing if the owner doesn't want to spend money on making it secure. Google
"bastille linux" for example, and compare with similar efforts for Windows
(can't think of any? big surprise there...)


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