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InternetNews.com: Is Linux Ready for National Security?

Jun 05, 2002, 22:00 (34 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thor Olavsrud)

"But Ken Brown, author of ADTI's forthcoming Opening the Open Source Debate white paper, argued the U.S. needs to slow down and hold a national debate on the suitability of open source systems in vital areas that touch on national security.

"'We're recommending further study,' Brown said. 'We're not saying that one type of software, proprietary, is better than open source.'

"Brown, who characterized himself as pro-open source, noted that ADTI is not composed of open source experts or cryptographers, though it interviewed many experts to create its report. He also noted that when it comes to security, ADTI is more concerned with the terms of the GNU (define) General Public License (GPL), which requires that any changes to open source code licensed under the GPL which is then distributed must be made part of the GPL and be made freely available to all..."

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