Networks & vendor upgrades/fixes

Barry Shein (
Sun, 22 Nov 87 12:29:42 EST

Source code: I'd like to add that the critical need for source code,
besides functional fixes, is security. It's one area where it's nearly
impossible to find a vendor who provides what you need. Unfortunately
needs are very often a customized affair, and security bugs often an
outright emergency. It's can also be a moving target, something no one
thought of yesterday suddenly, after one irate phone call, becomes
first priority. Software "maintenance" is utterly the wrong concept
for this sort of situation.

        -Barry Shein, Boston University

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