28 Apr '16, 5pm

What Is Gitian Building? How Bitcoin's Security Processes Became a Model for the Open Source Community - Bitcoin

What Is Gitian Building? How Bitcoin's Security Processes Became a Model for the Open Source Community - Bitcoin

One of Bitcoin's most important security features, a crucial property that makes the system trustless, is its open source nature. Because Bitcoin’s code is open source, anyone able to read code can check for themselves whether it does what it's supposed to do. Plus, as per Linus's Law : Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow. But open source code doesn't necessarily eliminate all risk. Users still need to trust that the software they run on their computers actually reflects the open source code as it should. To eliminate this risk, Bitcoin developers have developed a fierce security policy which goes beyond the open source nature of Bitcoin itself: “Gitian Building.” Gitian Building is even increasingly embraced by the wider open source community. Development teams behind Tor, Debian, Mozilla and other open source projects are embracing the practice spearheaded by the...

Full article: https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/what-is-gitian-build...

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