[thelist] News Item: Major Security Flaw in MS SQL Slows Internet

Kevin Cannon p+evolt at redbrick.dcu.ie
Sun Jan 26 11:03:00 CST 2003

On Sun, Jan 26, 2003 at 03:37:07PM -0000, Rick [Kitty5] wrote:
> Hugh Blair wrote:
> > Great point. The biggest problem is that MS doesn't move fast enough
> > to make changes. That's the biggest problem with large organizations.
> > Open Source has everyone that's interested, looking at the code and
> > making suggestions for change.

> Not exactly, MS are not quick off the ball as they have miles up miles of
> quality assurance procedures that any code must get through before release,
> still doesn't stop crap coming out the other end, but you know that it will
> almost always work as expected. (no update X, break Y)

> With open source the quality assurance is done in the field by actual end
> users

Open Source tests software too.

It's not like software is just thrown out there and when bugs are spotted it's
then fixed. Open sources' development cycle is in the public, anyone can
download beta software and test it, that doesn't happen with other software to
anywhere near the same extent.

- Kevin

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