[KY4KY] FCC declares open source software defined radio'insecure'

K4RVM - Bob Myers k4rvm at critterbob.com
Fri Jul 6 23:57:43 PDT 2007

I totally agree with Kevin on this matter. Open source has been found to provide a proactive response by the community to keep 
software secure. A wonderful example is to compare the secure open source web browser Mozilla Firefox to the buggy, insecure, 
virus-inviting, malware collecting Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Additionally, with open source it allows developers to create add-ons to enhance the capabilities of the original software. This can 
be seen other community-oriented software like Google.

And then, of course, we can also compare the computer operating system LINUX to the behemoth known as Microsoft Vista. I think these 
examples work well in demonstrating just how foolish the FCC is in their decision. It's not really much different than their 
ignorance with Broadband Over Powerline (BPL), in my opinion.

From: "Kevin Buley" <kevin at buley.org>
Sent: Friday, July 06, 2007 3:59 PM
Subject: Re: [KY4KY] FCC declares open source software defined radio'insecure'

This is FUD. Open source allows for thousands of eyes to look at the
code and quickly close any holes.

Closed source relies on security through obscurity, holes could be found
and exploited and everyone is pretty much screwed until the developers
get around to fixing it... provided someone even informs said developers.

creighto at spunge.org wrote:
> http://news.com.com/Feds+snub+open+source+for+smart+radios/2100-1041_3-6195102.html?tag=nefd.lede
> Any comments from the list concerning this development?  I doubt this
> would affect ham radio experimenters in any real way, but still...
> Creighton

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