Does Intel Buying McAfee Have Any Impact On Open Source?
Aug 20, 2010, 13:02 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alan Shimel)
"The big news in tech today is of course Intel buying McAfee, in
a deal valued at about 7.7 billion dollars. Hey, we are all friends
here, lets round it off at an even 8b. That is a lot of money to
pay! Many analysts are asking themselves why (here and here). The
general consensus is that Intel is really serious about security
(does my heart good). Good for Intel I don' t believe that for a
second. I think this deal is all about mobile devices and mobile
computing security. I think Intel has made a huge misstep here and
the reason maybe they don't understand open source software (one
could argue they don't understand software at all).
"Companies large and small always say security is important to
them, but usually their hands are too short to reach their