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Cracking Linux on the Desktop: A Proposal

Sep 15, 2010, 10:34 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Gene Alexander for this link. ]

"I have been touting the security of Linux on the desktop for several years now. But a question from Artremis on my article Open Source: FOSS Security Updates vs Microsoft Patch Day has me thinking about how to attempt to prove that. I know one "cannot prove a negative", barring odd philosophical views from odd philosophers on that. But I think we in the FOSS Linux community can do more than just talk.

"Maybe we should put up or shut up. I propose a contest with a sufficient prize to attract the attention of many security researchers, hackers and crackers. I do not have the hubris to believe I could do this myself. But I know the Linux community could do it. Besides neither I nor my small company alone could put up a decent enough prize to attract enough attention. But doing it all alone is not what FOSS is about is it?"

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