The Smallest Threat to Open Source in 2009
Jan 07, 2009, 16:02 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chad Perrin)
""The best protection against vulnerabilities is to keep
software updated, but most open source lacks update services.
That's one part of the Windows license that is worth paying for,
and there does not seem to be an open source equivalent."
"As a long-time user of open source operating systems,
previously favoring Debian GNU/Linux, and subsequently moving on to
FreeBSD, I was stunned to see this in writing, published for all
the world to see. Was he serious? Could he really believe that?
"One of the most visible wins for open source Unix-like OSes,
once one has learned a fair bit about them, is the casual
availability of superior software management systems. I've written
a brief primer for effective use of APT for TechRepublic, Efficient
software management with the Advanced Package Tool in Debian. I've
also addressed the excellence of a security tool integrated with
FreeBSD's ports system, How FreeBSD makes vulnerability auditing
easy: portaudit. Both of these articles illustrate some of the
significant benefits of better software management systems than
offered by MS Windows."