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  •  This shows how dumb the NSA really is (0+ / 0-)

    Linux, being open source, crowdsources its development.  Most of those "voluntary" programmers work for technology companies who allot them some amount of time to work on Linux.  Its attraction isn't that you can get it for free, but that everybody knows what's in it -- Linux is notoriously secure in part because so many people are looking at the source.  In other words, even if they had persuaded Torvalds to put in a backdoor, it would have been detected immediately.

    The ability to quickly deal with problems is a major attraction of software like Linux.

    The key takeaway is that the people who advocate these programs have no idea what they're talking about, and much of the heavy technical work (not to mention their admins and DBAs) is done by contractors who are typically not well vetted.

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