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Linus Torvalds' Followup On Software Security, Sensationalism And Self-Stimulating Simians

Word was that Torvalds had apologized to OpenBSD developers. ChannelWeb asked the Linux guru if that were true and whether he had any second thoughts on his initial e-mail "flame." Here is his response:

Heh. I did talk to an OpenBSD [developer], and offered to apologize if they really thought "masturbating monkeys" was offensive, but at least that developer just found it funny.

So from that (admittedly very limited) sample, the actual developers are sane people, and (as usual) the problem is the whole media circus around security. Which was the whole point of the thread and the context in which I called people monkeys in the first place, which is kind of ironic.

Not that I'm surprised, of course.

Anyway, I find - yet again - that security issues get sensationalized, and that people seem to have trouble reacting to them sanely and with any kind of rational behavior. Which is what I was ranting against.

And yes, I think I was extremely unfair in ranting against the OpenBSD developers, although the reason I picked them was that they exemplify to a lot of people a single-mindedness about security.

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