why BSDs got no love (and why security gets no love)

Chad Perrin perrin at apotheon.com
Wed Dec 23 10:39:52 UTC 2009

On Tue, Dec 15, 2009 at 04:33:49PM +0100, Jan Husar wrote:
> http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/opensource/?p=1123&tag=nl.e011

By the way . . . as another writer at TechRepublic, I've written another
article that responds substantially to what Jack Wallen said about the
various BSD Unix systems in his article, "Why the BSDs get no love".  My
article has been submitted to the editor, and I believe it is slated to
be auto-published next week while most (if not all) of the TR staff is
off for the holidays under the title "Why security gets no love".

While the actual core topic of the article is the deplorable lack of
proper attention to security matters in the IT world in general, it uses
Wallen's article as a springboard, and the beginning of it is largely a
direct response to the "Why the BSDs get no love" article.  I thought I'd
bring it up here, since there has been some concern showed on this list
about the content of Wallen's article.

I'd wait until my article gets published to mention it here, so I could
provide a direct URL to it at the time, but I might be electronically
incommunicado at the time (Christmas vacation and all), so I figured I'd
give anyone interested a heads-up that it's coming.

I welcome any (hopefully constructive) feedback from the FreeBSD Advocacy
list's members and the larger FreeBSD community, of course.

For the record, this email was composed on my ThinkPad running FreeBSD
7.2.  I mention FreeBSD from time to time in my security articles, and
have been particularly focusing on some matters related to basic
filesystem security this month in my TechRepublic articles.  While I will
probably have to lay off the FreeBSD stuff for a little while to keep the
editors happy, I wouldn't mind suggestions from FreeBSD advocates for
what other FreeBSD-related topics might make for good security article
content in the future -- especially if they tie in strongly with more
"mainstream" security topics.

Chad Perrin  [ original content licensed OWL: http://owl.apotheon.org ]
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