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Commercial Software has Backdoors 
14th-Jun-2006 08:40 am
This article tells you what you should already know and what I have been on about: security. Commercial software opens cyber-terror backdoors. Foreign nationals, nationally and outsourced, are writing commercial software used in government installations. Closed source software is NOT secure. If you cannot see the source code, then you have no way to verify that you are secure. Microsoft is a case in point.

Viva La Linux!
14th-Jun-2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
Problem... coming from a company that not only provides defense equipment but also civillian things like weather sattelites, Open Source Code is NOT allowed due to some of the restrictions on use. In legalese translated form, but using some Open Source programs alongside inhouse written closed source code (in this case written by Big Red) you can make a case for ALL of the code to be considered OpenSource. Therefore, it was decreed by those on high that NO OpenSource code could be used in the final product. So... sometimes the only option is to only buy from those you trust.
22nd-Jun-2006 02:39 pm (UTC)
And who is setting up the restrictions? Is it GNUware? If it is not GNU, then it is not really FREE OPEN SOURCE (free as in freedom), which is what I am talking about when I say open source. Even Java is not "open source" as the virtual machine code is regulated by Sun. But this might change. Even Microsoft gives out source code (to an elite few willing to pay big $$$ or sue for it) but that doesn't make them "open source".

Your restrictions on open source (FOSS/GNU) are self-imposed by a myopic and ignorant corporate beaurocracy.
22nd-Jun-2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
Your restrictions on open source (FOSS/GNU) are self-imposed by a myopic and ignorant corporate beaurocracy.

Yes, This I know... doesn't change the fact that they and many others continue to see things this way. :) "Better safe than sued" seems to be the preferred line of thinking.
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