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Re: Why Would Fedora be Free ? Can it be Trusted?

Chalonec Roger wrote:

I am looking at using Fedora at my work and some people are asking the
following questions or have the following concerns that I did not know
how to answer:

1.  Why is fedora free and why would people work on it for free? 2.
Some people are concerned that since Fedora is open source that they
don't know where the software comes from so they can't trust it.  How
can they trust it? 3.  How are updates to Fedora vetted and accepted? 4.
Does Redhat have any involvement with Fedora? 5.  Does Redhat use the
same processes in "controlling" fedora quality and releases as it did
the free versions of Redhat? 6. Ostensibly Redhat offered free versions
of Redhat Linux because they could make a profit on support.  Now Redhat
has built a market and Redhat is no longer free.  What is the profit
motivation of the Fedora group and persons/orgs who make software
contributions to it?  (By the way, there is nothing wrong with profit.)



Can you trust Microsoft to reflect your best interests? They are concerned about their bottom line. Why else would they integrate everything into the OS to restrict and eliminate competition. (IE, WMP, Networking)

Here is an interesting article about licensing and how it could be a headache.

Software Licensing: The Hidden Truth

I don't know about your business but I have been using Linux for my work for over a year. Many have used it longer and I have yet to hear of anyone having any problems with virus attacks.

I have used Linux at home since 1999 (moved from OS2) with much joy.

There are various reports that have stated that OpenSource software is not secure and open to attack. Some of these were paid for by Microsoft and I would doubt that they are really un-biased.

Here is a link to a discussion of linux security and usage in business. Follow the links from this site to the original.

Yankee Group report: Bad news, good news for Linux

If you search through various articles you will find that any attack to the Linux source is usually found very quickly. Also if you check alot of security reports you will find that attackers have major problems attacking Linux because each distribution is different and each install can have differences so there is no common attack point.

Security Expert: Cyber Attack Cycle Is Tightening

I use FC1 at home and work and my wife wouldn't even let me look at dual-boot at home. :) I had my first problem at home late lastnight requiring a reboot since may last kernel upgrade in march.

One thing about Linux in a work environment is that you can control what is on each workstation or server. You can also use Linux on older hardware that would choke under Windows. I used RH 7.3 at home on a P90 until January when we purchased a new computer. The P90 still runs as a file server. I am going to try FC on it just for the fun of it.

Robin Laing

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