Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Jan 2011 22:09 UTC
Windows And this is part two of the story: Microsoft has just confirmed the next version of Windows NT (referring to it as NT for clarity's sake) will be available for ARM - or more specifically, SoCs from NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments. Also announced today at CES is Microsoft Office for ARM. Both Windows NT and Microsoft Office were shown running on ARM during a press conference for the fact at CES in Las Vegas.
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RE[6]: BC
by lemur2 on Sun 9th Jan 2011 13:38 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: BC"
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Typically people use distributions as a starting point. But just like binary code on Windows, this relies on a chain of trust - that the binaries are not malware infested.


It is not like binary code on Windows, because people who did not write the code nevertheless can download the source code, compile it for themselves, and verify that it makes the binary as distributed.

It is not just one isolated instance of one person doing this that builds a trust in the code ... the trust comes from the fact that a program such as gcc, and repositories such as Debian's, have existed for well over a decade, through countless upgrades and versions of the code, downloaded by millions upon millions of users over the span of that decade, with the source code visible in plain sight to millions of people the entire time, and not once has malware been found in the code.

Not once.

We can trust Debian repositories by now.

Edited 2011-01-09 13:39 UTC

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