Christine Hall thinks M$’s penchant for assisting US government agencies with vulnerabilities of WindowsTM on hundreds of millions of PCs around the world may be the last straw for users of IT who value security. Combined with the NSA leaks, the world now knows M$ is not their friend and may well be their enemy. This is not theoretical. Only a few years ago nations demanded to see the source code… Obviously some subterfuge was involved as USA got a lot more.
“Microsoft has been giving information about unpatched security vulnerabilities in Windows and other MS software to U.S. intelligence agencies and the military. The information has then been used to patch government computers and to attack computers under the control of suspected terrorists and military foes. While thereâ€™s certainly nothing wrong with the former use, the later will undoubtedly be problematic for Microsoft now that the information is public knowledge.”
Some of us didn’t need the other 98 reasons to migrate. The first, that FLOSS is the right way to do IT for all the advantages of sharing and cooperation, or that GNU/Linux just keeps on working no matter what the workload, were more than sufficient. Still there are many governments and businesses who think the costs of doing business with M$ were just the cost of doing business. Now they may see doing business with M$ as a risk too great to bear.
I expect at least governments hostile to USA, more or less, will accelerate adoption of GNU/Linux. Let’s see, that could be Russia, China, Iraq, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, Ecuador, Syria, … Well, it’s a long list. Then there are all the businesses around the world that compete with USA and its businesses… There’s even the possibility that M$ has been using this technique for decades to snoop on competitors in their never-ending search for new and better ways to eliminate competition. Could even be used to gather information to blackmail governments…
Will GNU/Linux salesmen edit their “talking points” to reflect this new reality or will the world knock on their door demanding assistance migrating to truly Free Software?