The Skype outage: LWN FUD?
Posted Aug 23, 2007 3:49 UTC (Thu) by bvdm
Parent article: The Skype outage
The increasing amount of FUD originating from within the FLOSS community is a concern to me. This article contains two dubious points:
1. The borderline insinuation that Skype may have introduced wiretapping and used this outage as cover. What is the basis for suspecting this? Does it make sense for a company to suffer a huge PR hit if they could just have phased it in over time? No, it does not. This is Fear and Doubt.
2. Harping on Windows reboots while it is completely besides the point. The trigger was that Skype was restarted on all those machines, not that the machines rebooted. Red Hat pushing out an update to an open-source P2P client can just as easily lead to a problem like this. This is Uncertainty and Doubt.
The further we can down the FUD path, the more we will lose our *technical* credibility which is FLOSS's strongest selling point.
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