"This week I received calls from four different customers saying
that they were warned that they are dangerously insecure because
they run open source operating systems or software, because 'anyone
can read the code and hack you with ease.' Other colleagues in the
area also have noticed that three local Microsoft Partners have
been trying to strike fear in the minds of companies that respond,
'Yes, we use open source or Linux' when the sales call comes in. I
know this is simply a sales tactic by these companies, but how do I
fix the damage these tactics cause? I have several customers who
now want more than my word about the security of systems that have
worked for them flawlessly for 5-6 years, with minimal expense
outside of upgrades and patching for security. Does anyone have a
good plan or sources of reliable information that can be used to
inform the customer?"
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