InternetNews.com: Is Linux Ready for National Security?
Jun 05, 2002, 22:00 (34 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thor Olavsrud)
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"But Ken Brown, author of ADTI's forthcoming Opening the Open
Source Debate white paper, argued the U.S. needs to slow down and
hold a national debate on the suitability of open source systems in
vital areas that touch on national security.
"'We're recommending further study,' Brown said. 'We're not
saying that one type of software, proprietary, is better than open
"Brown, who characterized himself as pro-open source, noted that
ADTI is not composed of open source experts or cryptographers,
though it interviewed many experts to create its report. He also
noted that when it comes to security, ADTI is more concerned with
the terms of the GNU (define) General Public License (GPL), which
requires that any changes to open source code licensed under the
GPL which is then distributed must be made part of the GPL and be
made freely available to all..."