I recently had the opportunity to e-mail a few questions to Eric Raymond, author of "The Cathedral and the Bazaar," and a driving force in the open source movement. In addition to his writing successes, Eric continues to give talks on open source software at conferences and acts as its unofficial evangelist.
On a high level, Raymond says the open source movement is more self-aware and better organized at this point, and "three orders of magnitude larger" than he expected to see. When it comes to security, Raymond takes a high level view as well, saying, "Every installation that goes to open source operating systems and tools is a net win for security because relying on code secrecy ('security by obscurity') is so unreliable and dangerous."
To catch more of this interview with Eric Raymond, you can listen to him on the May 23 edition of my weekly radio show, "TechTalk," which airs every Saturday at 11:10 a.m. (DST) on WNPV 1440 AM. To listen to the show across the Internet, click on the play button under the "Listen Now" button (do not click on the Listen Now button itself). http://www.wnpv1440.com/
If you can't listen to the show live, you can listen to it later in our archives: http://www.wnpv1440.com/content/view/720/168/