"Many readers have reacted unfavorably to my criticism of Open
Source. I'd like to clarify a few points. I never said Open Source
was evil; I never said those who support Open Source are evil. In
fact, I've never even said I oppose all Open Source. To the
contrary, I believe Open Source has its place, a limited place
under limited circumstances, but a place nonetheless. My trouble is
with the people who want to make all software Open Source, like
Richard Stallman, Eric Raymond, and their goons, but that's a
different story. In hopes that you might believe that I am not just
a mouthpiece of proprietary software development, I want to tell
you about my experience in making, or rather attempting to make,
Open Source software a better product for the world over...
"So being the nice guy that I am, I posted a bug report on the
GNU GCC compiler (Richard Stallman's free-as-in-beer, Open Source
compiler, which is the most popular Open Source compiler available)
where I described the bug but in much more technical depth. What
ensued was a whirlwind of criticism from the GCC development
"The most common responses I received were 'Your example source
code has numerous other security flaws so we're not going worry
about this trivial bug,' 'The bug is too trivial for us to worry
about,' 'A workaround exists so we're leaving up to each individual
programmer to correct and workaround this bug,' and this one takes
the cake, 'Well, technically it's not a bug...'"
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