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Are You Paranoid Enough?

Mar 29, 2000, 03:59 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gareth Barnard)

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"Being a Penguinista, I am always on the lookout for advantages that Open Source offers. I am particularly pleased if I find a feature of Open Source that cannot be duplicated with closed-source software."

"The Gnu C compiler, gcc, gives you the choice of optimizing executables for size or speed. Recompiling your kernel is considered an exercise for geeks, but Linux shrink-wrappers (Red Hat, Caldera, SuSE et al) could write a nice GUI to make it more palatable to non-geeks. The ability to optimize your kernel is a selling point for Linux. Mandrake distributes separate binaries that are optimized for the Pentium and 486."

"The Gnu C compiler has a ­g option for including symbols in the compiled code. When the app core-dumps you can do a traceback and find the line of source code that caused the dump. This doesn't require programming skill, but it does require Open Source. You send the debugger output to the author of the app and he patches his code. This, of course, is a major reason for the stability of Linux; every Penguinista is a tester."

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