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The smallest threat to open source in 2009
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| On Jan. 1, Dana Blankenhorn published the sensationally titled The biggest
| threat to open source in 2009.
| His thesis is simple: that, because open source software usually lacks any
| mechanisms for easily updating to the latest security patched version, the
| growing popularity of open source software will render it more vulnerable to
| problems than its closed source counterparts.
| Perhaps even more relevant to Danas point is the fact that, on open source
| Unix-like OSes (but not on MS Windows), the software management system
| typically manages security updates for far more than just the core OS and a
| couple of applications created by the same vendor. Such Unix-like OSes
| software management systems tend to provide security update management for
| literally thousands of software packages originating outside the core OS
| project itself--in some cases, tens of thousands.
Careers In Linux Journalism-- No Knowledge Required!
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| My current favorite horrid example is Dana Blankenhorn's famous "someone
| please send a Linux laptop" column, written in July 2008:
| "I have written about, and been written to about, Linux laptops for some
| time. Now is a good time to take the plunge. So I am asking for a review
| unit. "
| How can one craft any sort of response other than WTF??! But let us not be
| hasty. The Internet is already full of hasty, kneejerk flamers and uninformed
| pontificators, and we do not want to be like them. Perhaps there is more to
| this story, so let us make use of the very secret weapon that nobody in tech
| journalism knows about: Google. I've been reading Mr. Blankenhorn's column
| for some years, and between my cluttered old memory and Google I do not find
| any indication that he had ever actually touched a Linux PC until September
| "My first Linux laptop is the ASUS EeePC."
| Be still my heart.
| Preston Gralla, famous Windows author, wrote a good article about his first
| serious Linux experience Living free with Linux: 2 weeks without Windows. But
| again, WTF??! Another technology writer who has been writing about Linux for
| years without knowing anything about it:
| "Now, I recognize that a few hours of using desktop Linux isn’t a true
| test drive. But if you want someone to throw over their habits of a more
| than a dozen years, you’ve got to wow them right away. And Linux didn’t
| do that for me."
| Like, heavy, man. This doesn't even rise to piffle-- it's piffle lite.
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