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Linux and Free/Open Source Software: Why Code For Free? (part 1)

Jul 25, 2009, 15:02 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"But I Don't Write Code, So Why Should I Care?
Even if you're not a programmer you still benefit. I'm sure you've read the many horror stories over the years of spyware, backdoors, and other nastinesses placed by vendors in closed, proprietary software. Without access to the source code the only way you can catch these in the act is to monitor the software's activity, such as watching what it sends out over the network and analyzing processes. Both of which are time-consuming, and if the nefarious activities are encrypted or hidden by other means, good luck. The proprietary software industry seems to be tightly-clenched in the grip of mistrust, and customers are not welcomed and valued but rather viewed with suspicion."

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