New Fedora Leader, Open Source Security, and Saving TrueCrypt

by Ostatic Staff - Jun. 03, 2014

In today's Linux news, a new project manager is named for Fedora. Nick Heath says Open Source is more secure because of a "heightened focus on quality controls." And a team of developers are trying to save TrueCrypt one way or another.

Today Red Hat announced the new project leader for Fedora replacing exiting Robyn Bergeron. The press release said,

Having spent 15 years as a systems administrator at large universities, Matthew joined Red Hat in 2012 and works on the platform architect team, mostly focusing on Fedora Cloud. An early contributor to the Fedora Legacy project, Matthew also founded and lead Boston University’s BU Linux distribution and helped organize some of the first FUDCons in Boston, also at Boston University.

As a a member of the the Fedora Project community, Matthew is heavily involved in the Cloud SIG and also serves on FESCo, Fedora’s technical steering committee. Perhaps most importantly, Matthew has an active role in coordinating the effort, making him the perfect candidate to continue driving Fedora forward, beyond the desktop, as a cutting-edge Linux distribution.

TechRepublic's Nick Heath today looked at the latest numbers from Coverity try to determine which is more secure open source or proprietary.  He says the report finds that open source has "lower density of defects than the proprietary code." Coverity attributes this to a focus on quality and fast response time. Heartbleed proves Open Source isn't perfect, but Coverity finds it's still the best, according to Heath's post.

Graham Cluley is today reporting of a pair of developers trying to save TrueCrypt, or else fork it. Cluley says the pair are offering downloads of version 7.1a and are attempting to organize a new effort to continue the work. TrueCrypt's license may prove tricky to most developers, but this pair more or less say try to come and get us, according to Cluley.