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LinuxJournal: Nimda, Other Worms and Life on the Internet

Sep 21, 2001, 22:34 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Hughes)
"...The other reason Linux, Apache and *BSD have a big advantage is the code is open for peer review. While the marketing departments of large proprietary software companies keeps telling the world that this is bad because a potential cracker can see how to break the code, the reality is that pride of ownership seems to far outweigh this potential problem.

What do I mean by pride of ownership? Individual programmers care that their code works. They view a bug report as positive; someone took the time to find a problem and let them know about it. I remember, for example, finding what I thought was a bug in the serial driver in Linux back in 1993. While I used to be a professional software tester before I got into publishing, I still somewhat sheepishly sent e-mail to Ted T'so suggesting that I might have found a problem. Ted's response was to send me a patch to try (which worked).

On the other end of the spectrum, I was told by the employee of what was a large proprietary software vendor that they had an internal bug list, but they wouldn't disclose its content. When someone reported a bug they would deny it was on the list, but increment the count of that bug on the internal list."

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