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Open Source = Less Risk

If you’ve been to one of my Koha or open source training sessions you’ve heard me speak (and sometimes rant) about how open source software is not inherently less secure than proprietary – in fact it’s usually more secure due to the open development model. Today I had the pleasure of posting to talking about this very issue with a real life example! In my post titled ‘One bug, millions of dollars lost: An argument for open source solutions‘ I comment on the recent costly bug that plagued Knight Capital Group and the comments of one system engineer who stated that no software can ever be fully tested.

Systems don’t have to be a ‘tangle of black boxes’‚Äîthey can be an efficient network of transparent tubes instead.

I may be preaching to the choir here when I remind you of Eric Raymond’s statement that ‘given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.’ Using the open source development model means that everyone can see what everyone else is doing in the system and can more easily communicate how changes are going to affect each interconnected module. I’m not saying that all bugs can always be found or that any system is perfect, just that using the open model means that problems can be found more quickly, communication is easier, collaboration is more effective, and bugs are patched more efficiently.

Read the entire article here and be sure to share with all those out there who keep spreading FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) about open source security.

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