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InformationWeek: Langa Letter: Linux Has Bugs: Get Over It

Jan 28, 2003, 23:30 (31 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Fred Langa)

[ Thanks to BillD for this link. ]

"It's hard to imagine a less inflammatory or more obvious assertion--that all operating systems have bugs and security issues--but I won my bet: Linux and open-source fans thought I was attacking them or their preferred operating system. They deluged me with E-mails, many irate, claiming that CERT (and I) were dead wrong.

"The two most-common arguments against the report were:

"1) There really aren't that many Linux/open source bugs, especially compared with, say, Microsoft Windows. Many readers argued further that CERT erred by counting the same bugs multiple times in different distributions and versions of Linux or other open-source software; these repeated bugs should have been counted as one meta-bug.

"2) Open source bugs, when they do occur, aren't that big a deal anyway because they can be fixed far faster than Windows bugs..."

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