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Does Intel Buying McAfee Have Any Impact On Open Source?

Aug 20, 2010, 13:02 (2 Talkback[s])
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"The big news in tech today is of course Intel buying McAfee, in a deal valued at about 7.7 billion dollars. Hey, we are all friends here, lets round it off at an even 8b. That is a lot of money to pay! Many analysts are asking themselves why (here and here). The general consensus is that Intel is really serious about security (does my heart good). Good for Intel I don' t believe that for a second. I think this deal is all about mobile devices and mobile computing security. I think Intel has made a huge misstep here and the reason maybe they don't understand open source software (one could argue they don't understand software at all).

"Companies large and small always say security is important to them, but usually their hands are too short to reach their pockets."

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