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Subject: OT: Open source (was: Ipod 5G scrolling beta)

OT: Open source (was: Ipod 5G scrolling beta)

From: Bluechip <>
Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2006 16:32:09 +0100

>> > The code for this isn't yet released as a patch, I want to keep
>> > looking at it a bit before releasing it.
>>You realize the GPL forbids this, right?
>On top of that how would one know that it will not make the ipod go up
>in flames the first time? Unless the code is released either as a
>patch or the complete source i would not trust my ipod with it.

I read a good rebuttal to this a long time ago.
I present that rebutter here, not because it is necessarily my
belief, but because I could never find anthing to say to it...
People seem to trust "open source" but do you actually read AND
understand all the open-source which you execute? ...if not, is your
"it might contain malicious code" [where 'malicious' may validly be
'accidentally malicious'] a valid resoning. It seems that everybody
relies on somebody else to 'protect' them.

As I say, I'm not flaming, nor do I necessailry agree with the
argument - but as it's come up - do you have a rebuttal to it which
will fill a gap in my head [wise-cracks on a postcard ;)]

Received on 2006-06-23

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