Sunday, April 15, 2007

Should Vista be Open-Sourced?

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols from Linux-Watch has wrote an article about Dear Mr. Gates: save Vista, open-source it. In this article, he gave several reason why Microsoft should open source vista and let everybody contribute to the core code for better quality and security handling. He predicted that Vista would have serious security problems and it does, with this month's security release (related to CSRSS and GDI) that includes Vista on it (and probably more will come next month. Here's a text from the original site which described one of the reason why Vista should be open-sourced:
CSRSS is an essential subsystem of Windows that manages most Windows graphical commands. It wasn't rewritten. ANI, on the other hand, is a trivial program that animates cursors. It wasn't rewritten either. So what are we to think? After years of work, after years of being told Microsoft was making security job one, Windows users are stuck with the same old, same old when it comes to security.
He didn't deny that Open Source application or operating system has bugs on it (in fact, every software have their own bugs), but he pointed on how fast the patches are ready in Open Source development compared to Microsoft's monthly cycles. While they are testing the patches, the exploits would have spread via Internet and targeting unpatched system and resulting big loss to many individuals and companies.