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Large companies should go CPS, says Open Source pioneer

His first name might sound familiar but not for being that of a two-girl Russian pop group launched a couple of years ago. Tatu Ylonen is the inventor of the Secure Shell Protocol, commonly known as SSH - a widely used security protocol, and what he has to say is quite surprising.

Basically, he purported that Open Source ought not be used in larger corporations and points to a particular problem that is bound to make or break open source in big firms in the future. Who is to blame when things go wrong and who will be accountable/liable?

According to Tatu, large companies should keep away from open source solutions due to the lack of legal support and accountability that is caracteristic of the bulk of open source software available on the market. With reference to the security domain where he operates, Tatu also argued that both closed and open solutions are open to vulnerabilities and that open source does not necessarily mean safer.

Given his extensive open source background, it is a head turning statement. But this does not put him in the close and proprietary software camp though. Software has grown so complex that it is bound to generate bugs that open source and CPS tackle differently; and that has been highlighted in one of my earlier blog posts.

Indeed, he insisted, it would make better financial sense for smaller companies and SME’s to use open source as the savings would probably be substantial.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.