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Obsession With Branded Bugs in Free Software, Not Bugging by Proprietary Software

Discussions revolve around brands, not objectivity


Summary: The bogus 'debate' about bugs, where built-in bugs (like wiretapping, bugging, and back doors in proprietary software) are conveniently overlooked

DESPITE acknowledging that Free software is more secure than proprietary software, Veracode recently turned opportunistic. It was using bugs with "branding" to promote itself and it wasn't alone.

"FOSS has some bugs, whereas proprietary software is a bug."Several opportunistic firms, including Black Duck, are appearing in the press again, exploiting "branding" of few bugs in FOSS to sell proprietary stuff. Veracode is again doing it and Black Duck's latest FUD piece is resurfacing yet again, as very recently noted by us after its placement had been pushed by IDG -- an extensive network which gives this proprietary firm a platform as author on FOSS matters. "Black Duck Software presents 5 tips for a secure enterprise relationship with open source," says IDG, but since when is Black Duck an authority in the area? It's a proprietary software firm.

FOSS has some bugs, whereas proprietary software is a bug. It's bugging. We recently wrote about Outlook being ousted as a surveillance platform and amid revelations about the NSA's spying on EU Parliament Outlook (the 'app') is reportedly banned. To quote a British report: "The EU Parliament has blocked politicians from using the Microsoft mobile Outlook app in the wake of security and privacy concerns centred on the siphoning of corporate credentials to a third party, according to reports.

"The Parliament's IT department, DG ITEC, has reportedly told staff to delete the app and reset corporate email passwords if it was used."

Nevertheless, the jingoistic Microsoft Peter (Peter Bright) tries to paint Microsoft as "cool" while it is "shutting down a[nother] competitor" as a source put it to us, citing this article:

Microsoft on Wednesday confirmed its purchase of mobile calendar app Sunrise.

This will immediately become a PRISM-included surveillance app. Reading reports about it helps show that the security issue is proprietary software, especially Microsoft's (the NSA's top ally). It oughtn't be so shocking that Black Duck, which is strongly connected to Microsoft, would hastily and repeatedly overlook Microsoft's ill effect on software, turning software into bugs, wiretapping everyone.

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