eBCVG: Is Open Source Really More Secure?
Oct 31, 2004, 17:00 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Deb Shinde)
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"The debate surrounding which is best, open source (often free)
software or closed source commercial software, continues to rage.
Proponents of open source claim that it not only saves money, but
is also inherently more secure. The first claim might seem to be a
given (although once you factor in learning curve, administrative
overhead and support--or lack thereof--'free' software doesn't
always have as much of a TCO advantage as it would seem). The
second claim is what we'll discuss in this article. Is open source
really inherently more secure than closed source commercial
software? If so, why? And if not, why do so many have that