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When GNU/Linux on Desktops/Laptops Starts to Outsell Apple

Posted in GNU/Linux, Security at 9:40 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: The allure of GNU/Linux and its constant growth is likely to increase the threat of back doors

THE NSA must be worried that Google is gaining ground in operating systems, unless Google is already part of the backdoors conspiracy (which is very much real). Now that Chromebooks are beating MacBooks or “Chromebooks’ success punches Microsoft in the gut” [1] (Microsoft Nick too acknowledges this [2]) the NSA is going to have to start working hard on compromising Android, ChromeOS, and GNU/Linux distributions from the inside (they all have Linux in common and the NSA has already tried to compromise Linux [1, 2, 3, 4] and perhaps succeeded). Well, Apple is compromised by the NSA and so is Microsoft (complicity). Most phones and tablets already use Linux (through Android) and according to yesterday’s talk by Jacon Appelbaum, there is more spying in Android than just through carriers (Appelbaum shows that even Solaris is being targeted by the NSA).

GNU/Linux predictions for 2014 are mostly positive [3] because with Linux in particular we’re talking about majority market share (taking smartphones into account). Some Windows machines are now being turned to dual-boot machines with Android [4] (Android entering desktops, not Microsoft entering mobile) and GNU/Linux is being recognised as roughly on par with the proprietary operating systems [5,6], having gained a lot of share [7]. SJVN has just argued [8] that GNU/Linux “quietly grew stronger over all areas of computing during 2013,” but let’s ensure it stays freedom-respecting and free of backdoors; the NSA uses Fedora to spy on Windows users (Appelbaum has shown this), demonstrating that for secure computing the NSA recognises GNU/Linux. Unless we reject all proprietary code/blobs (including proprietary graphics drivers) we can never protect ourselves — let alone see — back doors. The campaign for GNU/Linux world domination has been a success, but we now need to pursue freedom and security, too.

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