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OSI and White House agree on open source benefits, platforms

Oct 27, 2009, 12:48 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Tiemann)

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"Last week, as part of my Red Hat responsibilities, I was invited to give a talk for an audience of IT executives from the DoD and Intelligence Community on the topic of security. In preparation for that presentation, I looked up some history on Red Hat's kernel updates and found that over the past four years of Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 4 there had been zero critical security flaws (and fewer than 200 other total errata). Overlapped with that, over the past two years of Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 5 there had also been zero critical security flaws identified in the kernel. Of course past performance is no guarantee of future results, but clearly where security is important, open source is delivering a solid foundation upon which to build."

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