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Red Hat plans security conference

Red Hat and Dell Computer have scheduled a security meeting to discuss the challenges open-source programmers face in keeping computers and networks secure, the companies said Wednesday. The Open Source Security Summit is scheduled for Oct. 29 in Washington, D.C., and will feature keynote addresses by several security experts, including Marcus Sachs of the White House's Office of Cyberspace Security.

Open-source software, unlike proprietary software from companies such as Microsoft, may be freely scrutinized and modified. Some argue that this openness makes it easier for attackers to spot vulnerabilities, but open-source advocates counter that it makes it easier to find those problems faster and therefore fix them.