Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jan 2012 19:12 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Late last year, president Obama signed a law that makes it possible to indefinitely detain terrorist suspects without any form of trial or due process. Peaceful protesters in Occupy movements all over the world have been labelled as terrorists by the authorities. Initiatives like SOPA promote diligent monitoring of communication channels. Thirty years ago, when Richard Stallman launched the GNU project, and during the three decades that followed, his sometimes extreme views and peculiar antics were ridiculed and disregarded as paranoia - but here we are, 2012, and his once paranoid what-ifs have become reality.
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RE: Way missed the mark
by melkor on Wed 4th Jan 2012 04:27 UTC in reply to "Way missed the mark"
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Agreed. This thread is a bit silly imho. I like RMS, I like his ideals. But using open source software will make jack squat difference to the government in question arresting you for whatever reason it deems fit, and detaining you indefinitely, without a fair trial, for whatever reason it deems fit.

Oh, and I'm pretty confident that Linux has a nice backdoor in it just like OS X and Windows do. The only O/S that I'd trust to not have such a backdoor is GNU Hurd. Linux long ago lost my respect when Linus rudely thumbed RMS by refusing to move to GPL 3 with BS reasons.

Linux is powerful, configurable, but user friendly it is not. And anyone telling you that is full of shyte. It still requires knowledge of computer systems and how they work, and security diligence that your ordinary computer user severely lacks.


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