[Linux-aus] Touche! (A mood-lifter for the day)

Leon Brooks leon at cyberknights.com.au
Wed Feb 26 09:34:01 UTC 2003

Mood lifter for the day:

http://linuxtoday.com/news_story.php3?ltsn=2003-02-25-023-26-PS announces:

    Gates said [the Japan's LDP that] he is willing to reveal the source
    code '100 percent. Everything that we do is available.'

http://linuxtoday.com/news_story.php3?ltsn=2003-02-25-023-26-PS-0009 says:

    Wait a minute. Didn't another Microsoft senior executive state that
    there is code in Windows that must never be revealed, because it is
    so insecure that it would open up security vulnerabilities?

http://linuxtoday.com/news_story.php3?ltsn=2003-02-25-023-26-PS-0011 responds:

    They probably did, but at least this way some one could fix the problems.
    MS can't do it. :)


(quoting http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?nb20030226a1.htm)

    It was after talk of Linux surfaced that Microsoft offered to reveal
    its source code.

    Government officials say open-source systems have an advantage because
    they allow a user to flexibly deal with security problems. Operations
    of "black box" systems, however, are only known by the software company.

    In addition, open-source systems do not require licensing fees and can
    be modified because their open-source nature.

...so the Japanese seem to have a better handle on FOSS than the Aussies. (-:

Cheers; Leon

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