September 23, 2009, 3:35 pm
Many things have rings: mobile phones have incredibly annoying ones, jewelers have incredibly expensive ones, and Hell ‚Äî at least according to Dante ‚Äî has incredibly detailed ones. For the past three years, thanks to a government contractor called Coverity, Open Source has rung as well.
Coverity began contracting with the Federal Government in 2006, after the Department of Homeland Security began to wonder about the quality of the Open Source offerings being used by fellow feds. The company builds code-analyzing tools aimed at finding vulnerabilities and other hiccups in the programming process, and thanks to the government's inquisitive nature, those tools have been turned on Open Source for the past three years.