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Re: British Government Demands Open Source

In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Roy Schestowitz
on Fri, 17 Mar 2006 08:48:41 +0000
> __/ [ Peter ] on Friday 17 March 2006 08:24 \__
>> Jim Richardson wrote:
>>> that makes perfect sense for them. How can they trust it otherwise?
> Precisly. So how long will it be before they demand to see what runs some
> mission-critical systems which use Windows? Given the sheer number of
> security alerts, one should raise the level of skepticism. Europe is getting
> closer to that demand, but the intent is different altogether.

AIUI, the Windows source code is available -- for a fee.  Of course
we, as the employers of the government, don't get to see that
for some reason.

>> They will never admit it, but MI5, GCSB, etc no doubt make extensive use of
>> Linux for top secret applications.  As long as they use it themselves  and
>> do not market it, they can modify the kernel, and other GPL software
>> without needing to disclose the source code.

NSA already has produced an selinux; no doubt the patches
have been worked into the mainstream kernel by now.
(Not that they'd surreptitiously put backdoors therein --
since so many eyes are watching! :-) -- the patches are
primarily for such things as access control lists and
further hardening of an already strong kernel.)

> [...]
> ***patch submitted by mysticshark
> +destroy_airpalne.h
> [...]

#191, ewill3@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Windows Vista.  Because everyone wants a really slick-looking 8-sided wheel.

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