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GE and EC both concerned about open source risks

Nov 23, 2009, 18:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Judge)

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It seems that a lot of large organisations still have a fear of open source - even organisations that are already big users. A European CIO at engineering giant General Electric (GE) has warned that open source is risky and should be kept to internal "playground" uses - even though the company is actually deploying Linux for healthcare platforms. Last week, when the European Commission announced the Malmo declaration on e-government - which should provide a level playing field for open source - EC vice president Siim Kallas warned that open source software might have security risks.

"European CIO of GE has said that open source is only useful for internal "playground" uses, despite other parts of GE having deployed Linux for healthcare platforms

"A chief information officer for engineering giant General Electric (GE) has said that open source software is only suited for internal "playground" applications and that businesses that use it for mission critical infrastructure are taking a huge risk."

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