Unix vs Linux - the movie.

Andrew Dalke dalke at acm.org
Wed Jul 26 13:16:30 EST 2000

John S. J. Anderson:
>I think that's fine -- my position isn't based on any kind of
>'information should be free' moral position, but rather on the
>logic that all software has bugs, and without the source, it's very
>difficult to know that those bugs _aren't_ in the routines that
>calculate the answer that you're going to publish.

Thanks for the clarification.  My beliefs are also much closer to
your position than the 'information should be free one.

>what I'd really like to see is some sort of certification by a trusted
>third party.
>Since that's likely to be unworkable for a number of reasons, source
>code access is a workable intermediate step.

Ohh, that's an interesting thought.  Problems I see are who will
pay for it, how to you come up with a uniform rating system, how do
users of the review balance usefulness vs. errors.

Still, I'm imagining a sticker for the program like "The XYZ seal of
approval" or the startup message "Inspected by ZYX".  :)

                   dalke at acm.org

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