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Open Source Security Revisited � With Enough Eyeballs, All Bugs Are Shallow

Sep 21, 2010, 13:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Krishnan Subramanian)

[ Thanks to Krish for this link. ]

"It is a common knowledge that, usually, Open Source projects are successful because of the developers scratching their personal itch. It often starts with a group of disgruntled developers frustrated with a proprietary software because it fails to satisfy their needs. The very fact that they are left helpless due to the absence of source code pushes their efforts in the direction of Open Source Projects. The same can be said about the forking of existing open source projects too. This scratching of personal itch leading to successful open source projects is similar to a self organizing system and the emergent behavior is the final open source software (Unlike what the proprietary vendors and Stallman buddies want you to believe, this is an example of true free market behavior).

"Yawn, what's the security thing you are revisiting in this article?

"One of the biggest advantages of Open Source is the possibility to have a better security. As many of the open source evangelists proudly claim

"With enough eyeballs, bugs are shallow"

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