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Articles by Matthew McKenzie
posted in July 2005
A few days after I published a column discussing the open-source marvel that is ClamAV, I heard from a PR rep for one of the big anti-virus vendors. I'll leave both his name and the firm's name out of this -- not because they did anything wrong (they didn't) but because I'm going to focus here on a single reference in this email that ultimately opened a much bigger can of worms.
A lot of companies these days will try almost any kind of open-source software, including once-sacrosanct three-letter enterprise apps. Many of these people, however, still apply one big exception to their open-minded approach to open-source: anti-virus tools. Find out why they couldn't be more wrong.
I always appreciate hearing from Linux Pipeline readers and newsletter subscribers -- if I don't have to call the bomb squad or soak it in water until it stops ticking, then I figure it's worth taking as constructive criticism. And it's certainly worth sharing.
An awful lot of people -- including yours truly -- assume that when the dust settles in the smartphone market, Linux will either dominate its competitors or at least claim a handsome share of the spoils. Are we dealing in reality here, or is Linux strolling into a war zone armed with little more than its own delusions of grandeur?