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Free Lance-Star: No Open Source Woes Here

Feb 18, 2004, 03:15 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Muldrow)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"I got several e-mails last week from readers who thought I gave Linux users a bad name by suggesting that the writer of the MyDoom virus was a Linux user.

"I certainly didn't intend to cast a negative light on the community that creates and uses Linux. In fact, I'm a big fan of the idea of open-source software, and Linux is the most well-known example of open source.

"If you've ever worked on a car, you can easily understand the concept of open-source software. Some car parts, like a carburetor, can be torn down and rebuilt--you can see all of the working parts inside, and you can fix individual small parts. Other parts, particularly electronic parts, are sealed up tight with glue. If something goes wrong with one of those parts, you can't tear into it and fix it. Instead, you've got to go back to the part maker and get a new sealed piece..."

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