Linked by crystall on Tue 21st Dec 2010 22:35 UTC
Debian and its clones The Debian project will release the new stable version of debian - Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" - with a completely free Linux kernel. Binary-only firmware and other non-free kernel components will only be available via the non-free repositories and the project is actively encouraging vendors that have not done so already to release their firmware in a form compatible with the Debian Free Software Guidelines.
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Not Open, not Secure
by dulac on Wed 22nd Dec 2010 17:58 UTC
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We all should praise the return to openness.

Back to knowing what is there, in the kernel, as the fundamental piece for security in face of unreliable "trust". It is a matter of principle, but security too.

Any "extras" should be less security privileged loadable drivers. And the Kernel SHOULD, and MUST take that in consideration. Or it will only be one step beyond "other" OSs, instead of a full leap ahead.

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RE: Not Open, not Secure
by zlynx on Wed 22nd Dec 2010 22:07 in reply to "Not Open, not Secure"
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Well, Linux is not the OS to look at if you want less privileged drivers. All the drivers loaded into the Linux kernel run with full kernel privileges.

You would want a micro-kernel OS. Genode might be what you are looking for.

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