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The Standard: Poking Holes in Linux

Apr 26, 2000, 02:50 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Elinor Abreu)

"...Linux's rise in popularity over the past few years has breathed new life into the open-source movement, with Linux enjoying increased acceptance as an alternative to Windows and other proprietary operating systems. Linux offers high performance, is freely distributed and can be quickly and easily improved. However, its free-form development means that its distributions lack standards and support."

"...Most experts agree that open-source software can be valuable for encryption software. When testing encryption for weaknesses, it is ssumed that hackers will know the algorithms, and the more people who try to crack it, the better. However, the security community is divided, or undecided, about whether open-source as an operating system offers enough security."

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