Open source. Love it or hate it, but can you trust it?

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Open source software (OSS) is firmly entrenched in the infrastructure of the Internet, and is now making inroads into the security market too. But although the darling of techies everywhere, OSS has its doubters. In particular, many corporate managers have concerns about support, accountability, and longevity.

There are many arguments and counter-arguments. Too often, debate turns into a sour wrangle, or is lead from the start by organisations with vested interests in the conclusion – Microsoft UK was the target of many OSS jibes after its Windows vs. Linux seminars, pitched as an "open and honest ...

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