Re: [Full-Disclosure] Microsoft wins Homeland Security Bid ( Reuters)

From: northern snowfall (
Date: 07/17/03

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    To: Blue Boar <>
    Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2003 19:31:10 -0500

    > I'd rather my government hire the IT personnel themselves and do their
    > own <insert favorite OSS OS here> distro, with the help of the smart
    > guys from the NSA, etc... for security standards.

    Yeh, that's not a bad wish, I must admit. The major stumbling block
    is when you've got an OS that few people understand. With a large
    group like our newly conglomerated DHS, you've got a very substantial
    user base and need an OS that has very wide support.

    Even if you mod out an OS like Linux, you are still stuck with
    the inability of support at a large scale, since other groups will
    stray from supporting your distro as its codebase isn't as well
    known and may be more advanced/abstract.


    Full-Disclosure - We believe in it.

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