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> Politely, and IMHO, it's *very* dangerous to use any OS on your
> which is freeware or which has it's source easily available.
> R. Todd Truitt Todd .
> Evolving Systems, Inc.
An interesting observation; but one I would take issue with.
When considering the trust that one can place in an operating system,
two issues immediately spring to mind: the trust one can place in the
vendor's staff not to leave trapdoors in the O/S code (deliberately or
otherwise); and the quality of the testing that has been applied to that
On point one, I would trust LINUX (or indeed any other freely available
and widely used source code O/S) better than any non B class certified
commercial product because there is sufficient public scrutiny of the
source code to cause any such errors to either be eliminated, or at
least be advertised.
On the second point, I would hazard a guess that LINUX et. al. have
probably had more O/S testing (as opposed to usage) applied to them than
most commercial O/S.