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Bret Busby bret.busby at
Sat Jul 11 06:56:01 UTC 2015

On 11/07/2015, Ralf Mardorf <ralf.mardorf at> wrote:
> On Sat, 2015-07-11 at 00:05 +0200, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
>> On Fri, 10 Jul 2015 14:30:21 -0700, Mehmet Erol Sanliturk wrote:
>> > This means that , claiming that "copy-left licensed software is
>> > more
>> > secure than permissive licensed software" is a groundless and
>> > incorrect claim .
>> I agree, but there is a valid claim that doesn't depend on the
>> chossen
>> free license.
>> This one:
>>  A non-restrictive, open source OS is more secure than a restricted
>> OS.
>>  But even for non-restrictive, open source operating systems there
>> are
>>  differences. It has less to do with the chosen system or license,
>> BSD,
>>  GNU/Linux or what ever, but with the policy.
>>  A FreeBSD or Arch Linux or Linux from scratch user will set up the
>>  install, the user has much control over the install. An Ubuntu Linux
>>  flavour user installs an environment that works out of the box, so
>>  there is less control and it already leads to issues.
>> Today I started a discussion on several Linux mailing lists after a
>> Xubuntu user reported that the root password is required, when bug
>> report pop up windows ask to generate and send a bug report.
>> IOW there are two approaches, the approach from restricted OSes, that
>> is used by some OOTB non-restricted open source OSes too, that
>> usually
>> claim to be user-friendly and the "real" non-restricted open source
>> user-centric approach.
>> The non-restricted open source user-centric approach is more secure.
>> The approach has less to do with the chosen OS or used free license.
>> 2 Cents,
>> Ralf
> PS: IOW it doesn't matter if the thingy in your satellite receiver is
> GPLed or has got a BSD license, since it's a so called user-friendly
> approach thingy. You don't have any control over this thingy.


Bret Busby
West Australia

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