---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2002 11:14:34 -0400 From: Richard Forno <rfornoat_private> To: rfornoat_private Subject: [infowarrior] - Comments on the ADTI report released today A few comments regarding the just-released 31-page report on Open Source Software from the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution. http://www.adti.net/html_files/defense/opensource_debate.html This thing reads like an undergraduate term paper. Very little is spent talking about OSS and 'security' -- as their press release full of 'terrorism' jargon hinted at last week -- rather, most of the paper talks about the economic impact that OSS presents to the country and software industry, intellectual property theft, innovation, legal interpretations, etc. As a result of such FUD-inducing hysteria, it's probably - and sadly - going to get widespread media coverage....incidentially, the actual report is entitled "Opening the Open Source Debate" The report fails to acknowledge that any software has problems - and that closed-source software (eg, Microsoft) has been plagued with such issues. Further, it does not acknowledge that the majority of IT-related events, incidents, and vulnerabilities making headlines in recent years were NOT caused by OSS or GPL'd products, but from closed-source proprietary code. The report - especially its 7 concluding points read like a summary of Microsoft's courtroom testimony and "freedom to innovate" spin of recent years. Bottom line....this report says GPL bad, Closed-Source good. I wonder how much money Redmond paid to this group for this fear-mongering tripe. rick infowarrior.org -- You are a subscribed member of the infowarrior list. Visit www.infowarrior.org/lists for list information or to unsubscribe. This message may be redistributed freely in its entirety. - ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org To unsubscribe email majordomoat_private with 'unsubscribe isn' in the BODY of the mail.
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