Bernard Tyers wrote:
> that was onereally big point that i always wondered about open-source.
> what was there to assure unsuspecting people that noone had rewitten
> an application with trojan code in it?
Generally, software should only be used if it's from a trusted source -
this applies both to OSS stuff and closed apps. In the case of OSS,
generally there's one, or a small number, of "known maintainers" for a
given application; you should only use stuff from the main distribution
sites, or trusted mirrors, and check the md5sums.
I'd say that OSS is generally *better* than closed-source stuff in this
respect; it's a hell of a lot easier to check for suspicious changes in
source than in binaries - and there are *lots* of people who have a good
hard look at the diffs of all the important packages...
Do you trust *all* 15,000 coders in Microsoft? Pity there's no way to
check that they've put anything nasty in...
Colm Buckley B.A. B.F. # colm at tuatha.orgcolm.buckley at tcd.iecolm at computer.org
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Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland. # http://www.tuatha.org/~colm/
I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.
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