Linux security

Lorin B Pino ljpino at
Sun Apr 30 20:36:35 UTC 2006

Daniel Carrera wrote:

> John L Fjellstad wrote:
>> That's what open source people think.
> No. That's what Bruce Schneier thinks. I did say that I was using him 
> as a reference.
> <quote>
> Microsoft knows that reliable software is not cost-effective. 
> According to studies, 90 to 95 percent of all bugs are harmless. 
> They're never discovered by users, and they don't affect performance. 
> It's much cheaper to release buggy software and fix the 5 to 10 
> percent of bugs people find and complain about.
> </quote>
> This might come as a shock, but I trust Bruce Schneier more than you. 
> He's a highly respected security expert, and he doesn't have a vested 
> interest.
> For Microsoft PR is cheaper than good coding.
>> Open source software != error free software
> No one ever said this.
> Bruce Schneier has listed a set of conditions where open source tends 
> to produce very secure software and conditions where it doesn't make a 
> difference.
> Cheers,
> Daniel.

This is the same reason that they end up in court once in a while for 
stealing software.  It is sometimes cheaper to steal somebody elses 
program, and pay the fines than it is to develope an alternative yourself. 

"It's a big old goofy world"- John Prine

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