As fallout from the Snowden/NSA affair, the European Parliament has stood up for freedom. A report recommends:
- “the use of more open-source systems and fewer off-the-shelf commercial systems;”
- “an analysis of the benefits of using the GNU Privacy Guard as a default encryption standard for emails which would at the same time allow for the use of digital signatures;”
The former recommendation will surely boost the use of FLOSS in parliament and the latter will be the tip of the iceberg promoting more attention to security. Neither of those work with Wintel. The report also recommends modifying relations with other countries to protect the security of citizens. Amen.
The world can and does make its own software better than M$. The world can and does make its own hardware better than Intel. The two together will go far to limit the power of criminals and their governmental imitators. I recommend Debian GNU/Linux as a start for anyone wanting software not obscuring insecurity.