Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Nov 2017 11:50 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes

Andrew S. Tanenbaum, creator of MINIX, has published an open letter to Intel regarding Intel's use of MINIX in the IME:

The only thing that would have been nice is that after the project had been finished and the chip deployed, that someone from Intel would have told me, just as a courtesy, that MINIX 3 was now probably the most widely used operating system in the world on x86 computers. That certainly wasn't required in any way, but I think it would have been polite to give me a heads up, that's all.

If nothing else, this bit of news reaffirms my view that the Berkeley license provides the maximum amount of freedom to potential users. If they want to publicize what they have done, fine. By all means, do so. If there are good reasons not to release the modified code, that's fine with me, too.

I can still barely believe this whole story.

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RE[7]: freedom
by The123king on Wed 8th Nov 2017 11:21 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: freedom"
The123king
Member since:
2009-05-28

You seem convinced that backdoors and spying is impossible to do on an open source operating system...

http://www.zdnet.com/article/hacker-hundreds-were-tricked-into-inst...
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/09/allwinners_allloser_custom_...
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/12/15/openbsd_backdoor_claim/
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/02/malicious-bac...
https://www.scmagazine.com/malicious-plugin-installed-backdoor-on-20...
https://blog.sucuri.net/2014/04/joomla-plugin-constructor-backdoor.h...
https://betanews.com/2015/03/03/what-the-freak-huge-ssl-security-fla...

And of course there's the multiple attempts the NSA has made to get Linux to put one into his kernel...
https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/54in5s/the_nsa_has_tried_to_...

The idea that open source is somehow inherently safe is a fallacy. Sure, it's much easier to audit the code for bugs, exploits and backdoors, but being open-source doesn't necessarily mean it's safer. If anything, it makes it as easy as spreading misinformation on Wikipedia, as long as your patch is accepted.

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RE[8]: freedom
by Kochise on Wed 8th Nov 2017 12:33 in reply to "RE[7]: freedom"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Ever heard of HeartBleed vulnerability in OpenSSL ? And the fact that strangely NSA try to push/modify some weaker cryptography algorithms instead than other (TrueCrypt affair) ?

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