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Open Source Myths July 26, 2004

Posted by rjdohnert in Software reviews.

Neil Gunton has written the myths of Open Source article very neat read and I suggest it highly.


I agree with most of what he says in here, and I would like to add my personal favorite myth. Open Source software is more secure than proprietary software. I personally challenge this myth because in order to ensure security there has to be constant checks and balances to be made. Most of the time, security teams dont even find vulnerabilities. Vulnerabilities are often not discovered until after they are exploited. This includes Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris and Windows. I have been in this industry log enough that you may be able to pull the “Open Source is more secure than proprietary software” crap with new clients, but don’t give me that song and dance because I do not buy it.

Secondly, Open Source advocates state that Open Source is better for mankind and that nobody can do anything malicious with Open Source software because its all out there in the open. This also is false example in point..BitTorrent. BitTorrent is a wonderful technology, I use it a lot. But some of these forks contain spyware and other types of malicious code.

Technology in general is a good thing. Any technolgy is good. Nuclear energy, firearms, explosives can benefit humanity and if used how they were inteded and to use them responsibly they are great tools. Its when you abuse them and use them irresponsibly that we are in deep shit.



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