Yet Another Reason To Use Debian GNU/Linux

While it has long been assumed that users of GNU/Linux were less likely to encounter malware, the knowledge that the government of the USA is out to get us has focused minds on the software we use. GNU/Linux, being open source is bound to be more secure from this intrusion. Of course, the fact that NSA taps cables etc. means this protection does not extend to the network unless we encrypt everything. So, encrypt everything, folks.
“The Green/EFA Group in the European Parliament "is reaching out to the Free Software community", in order to achieve trustworthy email encryption, the group announced this weekend. The political block objects to the mass surveillance by companies and governments, as disclosed the past year by Edward Snowden, a former contractor at the US’ National Security Agency. The group is starting a test, laptop computers running a tailored version of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution.”

See EP Green/EFA to use open source to secure email.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to Yet Another Reason To Use Debian GNU/Linux

  1. ram says:

    Robert Pogson wrote: “…intercepting shipments of PCs and flashing the BIOS with spyware.”

    That is now called UEFI.

  2. dougman says:

    “But now, due to nebulous pressures from unnamed sources, the NSA is drawing back. About one-third of the way down this generally positive article about the promotion of Linux for government use, an NSA director is quoted as saying “We received a lot of loud complaints regarding our efforts with SE Linux” and “we won’t be doing anything like that again.”

    Microsoft is suspected, of course, but the lines of control remain hidden and unknown. The whole affair reeks of the kind of secrecy that is becoming the norm in our government, and that forces like the backers of the Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act (CBDTPA) are trying to impose on digital technology as well.”

    http://oreilly.com/pub/wlg/1841?page=last

    “Error Notice – It seems you have experienced an error”

    http://www.nsa.gov/selinux/

  3. Mats Hagglund wrote, ” Perhaps Linux has been discriminated because it has been so secure?”

    There was a story out that the NSA regrets having fortified GNU/Linux… Regardless, there’s a story that NSA has gone as far as intercepting shipments of PCs and flashing the BIOS with spyware. Many think they have done the same with a lot of networking hardware, just like they accused Huawei a while back. This is so sick. Do we have to start over inventing everything just to be secure? The NSA has committed an economic crime of massive proportions. The cost of undoing it is incalculable. The world should send USA the bill.

  4. Mats Hagglund says:

    Microsoft Windows was the gateway for NSA to spy huge majority of computers all over the world. Perhaps Linux has been discriminated because it has been so secure?

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