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Open Source vs. Proprietary – Free’s Not Free

Sep 29, 2009, 13:34 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeffrey Hastie)

"Security & TCO

"All things being equal – that is, if both the open source and proprietary applications do what you need them to do – choosing between the two comes down to security and total cost of ownership (TCO).

"Proponents of open source claim their approach produces more secure and less buggy software. Their viewpoint has validity. The fact that the source code (the underlying program) is available to everyone means there are more eyeballs to review the code and improve the code. While the argument might be that it also opens it to hackers, hackers are less motivated knowing there's a wide community ready and able to fix flaws. On the other hand, proprietary software attracts hacking because it's closed – it's more of a challenge. Once a breach is found and exploited, only a relatively small number of developers have access to the program to fix the security hole, once of course the company agrees that such a breach exists."

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