Linked by weildish on Thu 12th Feb 2009 04:43 UTC
Linux Cuba recently launched its own answer to Windows this week, or, in the bigger picture, what the Cubans are calling "US Hegemony." Nova, the new open source OS being offered by the Cuban government, is being made to boot out US-based Microsoft products.
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jack_perry
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2005-07-06

Clearly, in running Windows a government cannot really claim it has sovereignty over its own data. Much of its data will be locked away in obscure proprietary formats ...

Didn't Microsoft have a program where someone could pay to look at Windows' source code? Microsoft is a company; given the right amount of money, they'd likely be happy to do what was asked of them, the same way Microsoft, Yahoo!, and Google bend over backwards to accomodate the Chinese government's "privacy concerns".

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ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

Didn't Microsoft have a program where someone could pay to look at Windows' source code?


Yes, but I highly doubt you are given the opportunity to build your system out of the source code you get to see, so basically you'd have to believe that the source code you are seeing is actually the exact source of the binaries you are running.

And you might also want to check that of the compiler.

Edited 2009-02-12 22:41 UTC

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