Re: Fwd: TechNews Alert for Wednesday, April 21, 2004

From: Jeff Almeida <spud_at_spudzeppelin_dot_com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 2004 - 09:36:06 CDT

Also Sprach Arthur Keller:
>Regarding use of open source, we will have to
>address issues like the Linux comments below.

>>ACM TechNews
>>April 21, 2004
>> Linux: Unfit for National Security?
>>Recent assertions by Green Hills Software CEO
>>Dan O'Dowd that Linux open-source software
>>constitutes a threat to national security were
>>followed up by testimony from Purdue University
>>professor Eugene Spafford and the Naval
>>Postgraduate School's Cynthia Irvine contending
>>that Linux is ...
>><>[read more]

While I have no doubt that O'Dowd is posturing for his own gain, Spaf's
comments WRT safety-critical systems are valid for any general-purpose os
regardless of development model (open, closed, shared, etc.). He's also
treading a fine but important line by talking about "unknown providence":
how many people have been over every line in the linux kernel distro?
It's precisely what we have been talking about here for the last week
regarding the opportunity to trojan an os, not FUD (there are plenty of
people capable of generating that) but legitimate concerns from someone
widely regarded as one of the world's leading experts on computer systems

In fact (*hint hint Alan*) it might behoove us to extend an invitiation to
Eugene Spafford to join the consortium.

jeff :)

Jeff D. "Spud (Zeppelin)" Almeida
Corinth, TX
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