What's your opinion on the engineer who just reverse-engineered Skype?
The latest news coming out of Russia is that engineer Efim Bushmanov has reverse-engineered the proprietary Skype protocol, with the goal of making an open source copy; a move that Skype (and no doubt Microsoft) is not too happy about. In an eWeek interview, Bushmanov said a few curious things. First of all, he praised Skype as "well-tested and fine-tuned," and then went on to say that "Open source products cannot match that level of polish." It seems to me that instead of participating in what is usually a lively and active open source community, he is discrediting the very community he is claiming to be a part of with comments like that. Is it true that open source can't match the quality of proprietary products? What can be gained from this reverse-engineering?
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