Re: Sequoia told "NO," again!

From: Ed Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Thu Feb 22 2007 - 21:47:24 CST

Hello Joe:


            Why do people buy this argument? It's easier to buy than you
realized. While I'm perfectly comfortable with using open source software
and at times even prefer it, most people have never heard of it. Being an
effectively unknown quantity and 'different' it will inevitably be viewed
with suspicion by the uninformed and normally conservative. A great deal of
technology is truly viewed as a mysterious and fearsome black box.


           Also, security through obscurity is the traditional way of
preserving secrets and most people have not made the conceptual jump to the
actuality of a world without secrets. I've sat through several discussions
on this groups where people have had to beg for examples of why security
through obscurity was a dead end. I brought up the example of the DVD CSS
(Content Scrambling System) that was broken soon after its release by the
program DeCSS. Unfortunately this is now a fairly old story so I invite
people to provide new examples.




Edmund R. Kennedy, PE

10777 Bendigo Cove

San Diego, CA 92126



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Is anyone buying this argument? I mean, you'd have to have never used a
windows machine in your whole life to think that open source software was
the target of malware.

On 2/22/07, Richard C. Johnson <> wrote:

Sequoia has dug in around the notion that Open Source leads directly to
malware through instruction of those inclined to evildoing.

       ~joe auerbach
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