Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Fri 14th Jan 2011 14:58 UTC, submitted by Debjit
GNU, GPL, Open Source "Steve Chang, the Chairman of Trend Micro, has kicked up a controversy by claiming that open source software is inherently less secure. When talking about the security of smartphones, Chang claimed that the iPhone is more secure than Android because being an open-source platform, attackers know more about the underlying architecture."
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RE[8]: So what code is secure?
by kerframil on Sun 16th Jan 2011 20:07 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: So what code is secure?"
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So why did Ritchie et al. decide to create C ? What was wrong with existing system programming languages on these days ? Why didn't they use the official programming language for a successful operating system instead of baking their own ?


Apparently, B - the successor to BCPL and predecessor of C - was an awkward fit for the PDP-11. Take a look at the section entitled "The problems of B" from Ritchie's historical treatise:

http://cm.bell-labs.com/cm/cs/who/dmr/chist.html

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