Re: A brief introduction and some questions

From: Nathan L. Adams <adamsn79_at_bellsouth_dot_net>
Date: Mon Apr 19 2004 - 19:16:01 CDT

I just thought of an answer to one of Ed's questions:

On Sunday 18 April 2004 01:14 am, Ed Kennedy wrote:
> 6. Will you be having a hacking contest on your software before marketing
> it? I'm talking about something like, "You can win $10,000 if you can hack
> into one of our systems over a 12 hour period." Here's the software.

YES. Because the OVC is open source, we are implicitly running a 24/7
hack-a-thon for our software. The contest began when the first source code
files were uploaded to the Internet and continues for the life of the OVC.
Contestants are given unlimited amounts of time to crack the system, and are
rewarded with the all of the honor and fame that is associated with helping
democracy (unfortunately, not much these days). Experts and ordinary citizens
alike are encouraged to join in the fun.

OK, so my response is a *little* over the top. But I hope it illistrates what
I believe is the main strength of Free/Open Source Software: intensive
peer-review (it literally puts the 'Science' in Computer Science), and public
trust/accountability.

Nathan
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