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From "JM" <>
Subject RE: keep up the great work!
Date Thu, 23 May 2002 18:39:26 GMT
I never believe news that people put in e-mails.
So I had to find it myself.....and here it is...

I found this beauty also....

and this


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Takaoglu, Uzay []
> Sent: Thursday, May 23, 2002 10:03 AM
> To: ''
> Subject: keep up the great work!
> Hi All,
> Below is an article I got from Washington Post. Interesting
> enough microsoft
> is lobbying all the government agencies to quit using open source
> S/W. Guess
> what the government agencies said.
> 	Simply the translation is  "f.. off" :).
> Keep up the great work people!
> Thank you all,
> Article is below:
> ------------------------------------------------------------------
> ----------
> -
> Microsoft Corp. is aggressively lobbying the Pentagon to squelch
> its growing
> use of freely distributed computer software and switch to proprietary
> systems such as those sold by the software giant, according to officials
> familiar with the campaign.
>  In what one military source called a "barrage" of contacts with officials
> at the Defense Information Systems Agency and the office of Defense
> Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld over the past few months, the company said
> "open source" software threatens  security and its intellectual property.
>  But the effort may have backfired. A May 10 report prepared for
> the Defense
> Department concluded that open source often results in more secure, less
> expensive applications and that, if anything, its use should be expanded.
>  "Banning open source would have immediate, broad, and strongly negative
> impacts on the ability of many sensitive and security-focused DOD
> groups to
> protect themselves against cyberattacks," said the report, by Mitre Corp.
>  A Microsoft Corp. spokesman acknowledged discussions between the company
> and the Pentagon but denied urging a ban on open-source software. He also
> said Microsoft did not focus on potential security flaws.
>  Spokesman Jon Murchinson said Microsoft has been talking about
> how to allow
> open-source and proprietary software to coexist. "Our goal is to resolve
> difficult issues that are driving a wedge between the commercial and free
> software models," he said.
>  John Stenbit, an assistant secretary of defense and the Defense
> Department's chief information officer, said Microsoft has said using free
> software with commercial software might violate the intellectual-property
> rights of companies such as Microsoft. Stenbit said the issue is legally
> "murky."
>  The company also complained that the Pentagon is funding
> research on making
> free software more secure, which in effect subsidizes Microsoft's
> open-source competitors, Stenbit said.
>  Microsoft's push is a new front in a long-running company assault on the
> open-source movement, which company officials have called "a cancer" and
> un-American.
>  Software is designated open source when its underlying computer code is
> available for anyone to license, enhance or customize, often at
> no cost. The
> theory is that by putting source code in the public domain, programmers
> worldwide can improve software by sharing one another's work.
>  Vendors of the proprietary systems, such as Microsoft and Oracle Corp.,
> keep their source codes secret, control changes to programs and
> collect all
> licensing fees for their use.
>  Government agencies use a patchwork of systems and software,  and
> proprietary software is still the most widely used. But open source has
> become more popular with businesses and government.
>  The Mitre Corp. report said open-source software "plays a more critical
> role in the DOD than has been generally recognized."
>  The report identified 249 uses of open-source systems and tools,
> including
> running a Web portal for the Defense Intelligence Agency, running network
> security for the Army command in Europe and support for numerous Air Force
> Computer Network Defense tools.
>  Among the most high-profile efforts is research funded by the National
> Security Agency to develop a more secure version of the open-source Linux
> operating system, which competes with Microsoft's Windows.
>  The report said banning open-source software would drive up costs, though
> it offered no specifics. Some government agencies have saved significantly
> by using open source.
>  At the Census Bureau, programmers used open-source software to launch  a
> Web site for obtaining federal statistics for $47,000, bureau officials
> said. It would have cost $358,000 if proprietary software were used, they
> said.
>  Microsoft has argued that some free-licensing regimes are antithetical to
> the government's stated policy that moneymaking applications
> should develop
> from government-funded research, and that intellectual property should be
> protected.
>  Microsoft also said open-source software is inherently less
> secure because
> the code is available for the world to examine for flaws, making
> it possible
> for hackers or criminals to exploit them. Proprietary software,
> the company
> argued, is more secure because of its closed nature.
>  "I've never seen a systematic study that showed open source to be more
> secure," said Dorothy Denning, a professor of computer science at
> Georgetown
> University who specializes in information warfare.
>  Others argue that the flexibility provided by open-source software is
> essential, enabling users to respond quickly to flaws that are found.
>  "With open source, there is no need to wait for a large software firm to
> decide if a set of changes is in its best interests," said Eugene
> Spafford,
> a computer-science professor at Purdue University who specializes in
> security.
>  Jonathan Shapiro, who teaches computer science at Johns Hopkins
> University,
> said: "There is data that when the customer can inspect the code
> the vendor
> is more responsive. . . . Microsoft is in a very weak position to
> make this
> argument. Whose software is the largest, most consistent source
> of security
> flaws? It's Microsoft."
>  Stenbit said the debate is academic and that what matters is how secure a
> given piece of software is. To that end, the Defense Department is now
> prohibited from purchasing any software that has not undergone security
> testing by the NSA. Stenbit said he is unaware of any open-source software
> that has been tested.

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