Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Dec 2010 23:55 UTC, submitted by Oliver
OpenBSD Okay, this is potentially very big news that really needs all the exposure it can get. OpenBSD's Theo de Raadt has received an email in which it was revealed to him that ten years ago, the FBI paid several open source developers to implement hidden backdoors in OpenBSD's IPSEC stack. De Raadt decided to publish the email for all to see, so that the code in question can be reviewed. Insane stuff.
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In my opinion, it's not the "many eyes" part that's important. It's being able to write just what's fun for you, look back at it and be proud of how beautiful it is, how consistent, rewrite any parts (probably several times) until it's consistent and(!) until you know the whole program really well. You're not constrained to write so many features that the software becomes difficult to maintain.

When someone wants more from your software they can add to it and, in turn, be proud of their part.

It's only people who program like this that are really good programmers and, yes, there are a few of those in big companies. I regret having met really smart programmers where I worked at that never had the time to do things their way, people who could have become great programmers but instead got headaches trying to maintain something that should have been refactored a long time ago.

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