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Fri Oct 9 14:02:03 EEST 2020

Closed vs open source in light of the windows leak of 2020-09-25

Closed vs open source in light of the windows leak of 2020-09-25

There is debate which is more secure: closed or open source.

Since the answer is very complicated and depends on many factors, we are over simplifying things.

On 2020-09-25 microsoft's windows source leaked [1].

Closed source advocates claim closed source is more secure, since the closed is secret.

Q1: To what extent the m$ leak disproves the above claim about secrecy?


Assume that in the near future the number of m$ vulnerabilities:

  1. Greatly increase or
  2. Stay at the same level or
  3. Greatly decrease XXX?

Could this be related to the leak and what conclusions follow?

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Sat Oct 3 13:47:00 EEST 2020

From the history of Microsoft (part 1)

From the history of Microsoft (part 1)

by Georgi Guninski Sat 03 Oct 2020 08:51:30 AM UTC, version 1.0.1

History is written by the winners, so here we write:

The software giant's Korean-language version of Visual Studio .Net carries the virulent Nimda computer virus to Asia.

Contaminates all other software with Hippie GPL rubbish. Microsoft CEO and incontinent over-stater of facts Steve Ballmer said that "Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches," during a commercial spot masquerading as a interview with the Chicago Sun-Times on June 1, 2001.

The Halloween documents comprise a series of confidential Microsoft memoranda on potential strategies relating to free software, open-source software, and to Linux in particular, and a series of media responses to these memoranda. Both the leaked documents and the responses were published by Eric S. Raymond in 1998.

%RIP Windows Phone, we are not crying much.

Its description mostly contained garbled text. Links for more information, help, and support were filled in with gibberish URLs with ".gov," ".mil," and ".edu" domains.

2001: Linux is cancer, says Microsoft.

2019: Hey friends, ah, can we join the official linux-distros mailing list, plz?

We tried to speak up, the oss vendor crowd liked m$.

On 2020-09-25 leaker billgates3 wrote, adding insult to injury:

"I created this torrent for the community, as I believe information should be free and available to everyone, and hoarding information for oneself and keeping it secret is an evil act in my opinion," the leaker said, adding that the company "claims to love open source so then I guess they'll love how open this source code is now that it's passed around on BitTorrent."

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