Free Lance-Star: No Open Source Woes Here
Feb 18, 2004, 03:15 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Muldrow)
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"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..."