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The Case for Open Source

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supermike's picture
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I loved reading this testimony tonight from this link on lxer.com. It's all about the USA voting machines and how they were proven to be hacked in the last election and have stupid software on them. Anyway, a vote was called in California to discuss revising these things and programmers and people came in to give testimony. Anyway, in this link above, you see one person's excellent testimony for making the USA voting machines use open source software.

A great line he used was that proprietary software was like walking through a mine field. You don't know where the exploits are and *KABOOM* you get cracked. But open source software, makes all this lucid, letting everyone see where the holes are and can suggest fixes. I completely agree. That's why Unix and now Linux is fundamentally so much more secure than Windows could ever hope to be.

tbuitenh's picture
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I think this should have been posted to libervis...

AndrewB's picture
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Yeah, but I dont think he has a libervis account, it doesnt matter anyway..

dylunio's picture
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"AndrewB" wrote:

Yeah, but I dont think he has a libervis account, it doesnt matter anyway..

He's posted on libervis before, and thus he has an account.

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Yeah, there's alot of topics in the lounge that would be on topic on Libervis.com. All the philosophical, political and similar stuff is what Libervis.com covers. Nuxified.org is just for Free Software tech support.

Anyway, we've talked a bit on Libervis about the problem of voting machines running proprietary software and this testimony has some excellent points in favor of that. I don't know what else to add. It seems so clear that security by obscurity doesn't work. Open systems are inherently more secure!

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