Open source anti-virus and gateway security software will tangle with its proprietary counterparts at LinuxWorld this week. The Antivirus Fight Club, organized by open source newcomer Untangle, will pit solutions like ClamAV against SonicWall, WatchGuard and others for what the company calls a "public and transparent test of performance... on a real-world test set."
That test set consists of viruses Untangle founder and CTO Dirk Morris got from the Web and from his own e-mail inbox, according to internetnews.com, and none of them is more than two months old. Morris is convinced that the Fight Club test, though a short one, will prove some proprietary products aren't as good as they seem -- and that open source can get the job done:
We aren't testing any bleeding-edge viruses and only viruses found in the wild. Every vendor in the test should catch every virus. However, I think you'll see that some solutions are distinctly poor despite public claims, and that open source is one of the best, if not the best, alternative.
According to Untangle information, the test will occur tomorrow, August 8, at 6 p.m.