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osOpinion: Hypocrisy Taints Censure of Microsoft

Oct 25, 2001, 12:04 (29 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Wiltshire)

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"When it comes to slinging words in the battle over Windows versus Linux, some IT advocates have a better throw than others.

In response to a recent essay by Scott Culp, manager of the Microsoft Security Response Center, about his request that people stop publishing information on computer security vulnerabilities, open-source advocate Eric S. Raymond suggested that if Microsoft can't stand the heat?

Mr. Raymond's article goes down the fashionable path of bashing Microsoft with little real basis in fact or thought. If you ask me, Mr. Raymond is a hypocrite. Where did I see him rant about the BIND admins setting up a private, members-only mailing list for security issues in the most common DNS server in the world?

What makes Mr. Raymond come out of the woodwork to assault Microsoft when the maintainers of the Internet think that keeping technical details of flaws under NDAs is a good idea?"

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