That is a battle that has been waged for over two decades now.
While open source has made incredible leaps and bounds, it is still a closed sourced software world, at least in the enterprise.
But, little by little, businesses and every day people are starting to trust and use open sourced software.
To them, whether the source is opened or closed doesn’t matter, it is all about how good the software is.
If you are able to deliver a quality product, then they will use it.
If not, then they will purchase something that is considered quality.
Open Sourced Software And Bug Tracking
There are many advantages to using open sourced software for the both the normal user and the enterprise user.
One of the many advantages is that you can keep track of any vulnerabilities found in real time using the projects bug tracker.
A lot of developers like to use open source software because if there is a problem, security or otherwise, they can modify the code on their own.
Most people do not have the ability to do this.
But still, it is nice to be able to see if there are any reported holes in the software that you are using and you can also see if anybody on the project is working on it.
If it is a mild to serious bug, and if it is a large project, then there is a good chance that someone will be working out a solution very quickly.
With software that is closed sourced, you are at the whim of whoever created the software.
You can not modify it, so you have to wait for someone else to find vulnerabilities, and if they do, you are left hoping that they are the good guys and the bad guys don’t find it first.
WordPress And Trac Show How It Should Be Done
If you take for an example a project like WordPress, you will see open sourced vulnerability discoveries in action.
They use a system called Trac, and if you or anyone else discover a bug in the system, you can log in and report it.
Also you are able to look at bugs and holes reported by other people.
The developers usually give a timely response, and then commence to fixing the problem.
Even if you are not a developer, you can still read the ticket and see the problem.
Once you do, you will know how to protect your blog until the patch is ready for release.
If the bug is serious, you can bet that the fix will be ready sooner rather than later.
Even if you are not a developer, you can see how watching the bug tracking system of a project will help keep you secured.
No software will be a hundred percent secured or bug free.
At least with open source software you can watch the problem get fixed instead of hoping that it does.