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LinuxDev.net: Open Source: Is it Safe?

Jun 05, 2000, 20:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Thomas)

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"In recent years, Internet commerce has shown insane popularity and growth. Names such as "Amazon" or "Yahoo" are just as familiar as "McDonalds". What does this mean to commerce? It means instead of handing out bills and coins, your money is whizzing around on the Net, going straight from system to system without hard currency. A study by the National Automated Clearing House Association has shown that while only 3% of monetary transactions are electronic, 89% of transfered money is electronic. This means that while you may hand over a dollar bill for a coffee every day, you may be transferring a thousand dollars electronically every week."

"Physical money is easy to protect. Armored safes, armed guards, and alarm monitoring systems all make keeping hard currency safe an easier job. But when there is no hard currency, what can protect your funds? The answer is computer security, one of the most crucial components of online commerce. And how do we ensure that our computers are secure? Through Open Source, of course!'

"What is open source again? Geeks, Unix, and long beards all come to mind. But what open source really means is collaboration and good karma. There is a lot more to it than giving away your source code. Open source means people working together for a better product. The development process involves a lot of contributing people, some users, some programmers, constantly testing and fixing the program. They probably all have different motives. Some people may want to use the code for their own projects, and others may just be there for entertainment (these people love to code, remember)."

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