"After appearing on the Web for a few hours last week, a
much-anticipated report on the possible threats to national
security posed by open-source software was pulled by its authors,
who said that the report needed more editing.
"But despite its hasty un-publication, the full report -- called
"Opening the Open Source Debate," by Kenneth Brown of the Alexis de
Tocqueville Institution -- still made it onto Slashdot on Monday,
where its low opinion of open source was roundly criticized.
"Bruce Perens, an open-source developer and author of The Open
Source Definition, said he saw 'Microsoft's paws all over this
"The Alexis de Tocqueville Institution (AdTI) has finally
published its white paper entitled 'Opening the Open Source
Debate'. My earlier comments were based on media reports and e-mail
correspondence with the paper's author. This document was written
after I read the actual white paper. (The original link seems not
to work; I managed to grab a copy of the paper before AdTI pulled
it. This link may work.)
"The AdTI's very weak and poorly-researched paper opens no
debate. It simply confirms that Microsoft paid AdTI to come up with
something---anything---to stem the growing adoption of open-source
(especially GPL'd) software by business and government.