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  • #31
    Originally posted by DrYak View Post
    That's how Debian does it: they have a "non-US" repository, which is out of reach of the US government and is used for this kind of things (cryptography, DRM circumvention and reverse engineered codecs)
    They had a non-us repo in the past.

    non-US is obsolete

    Since the sarge release, packages that were formerly in the non-US part of the archive have been moved into the regular archive. If you have any lines referring to "non-us" in your /etc/apt/sources.list, you should remove them.


    • #32
      Originally posted by atari314 View Post
      Better solution: don't contribute to Fedora.
      Hey now, you can't really expect Red Hat to do everything. That company needs all the help it can get.


      • #33
        Originally posted by r1348 View Post
        And let's face it: a linux distro is hardly a strategic asset...
        That's a naive assumption. Remember that the Linux kernel and many associated FOSS software packages, utilities, drivers, etc. are embedded in a great many devices. The vast majority of Cisco's enterprise switches, for example. Or Brocade's Fibre Channel SAN switches. Or how about Android phones, which government is increasingly adopting after the decline of BB. Or how about the largest supercomputers in the world, running at Los Alamos and other facilities, which process highly classified workloads.

        Cyber-warfare is a real thing. While government tends to be secretive about these things, they are indeed a big user of Linux and FOSS software. Government and DoD is right to be concerned that an agent of Iran or N Korea may attempt to contribute malicious code, in an effort to get it integrated with Linux based firmware, servers, phones, network infrastructure, and supercomputers.
        Last edited by torsionbar28; 03-12-2014, 06:40 PM.


        • #34
          Originally posted by Vash63 View Post
          Help 'them'? We're talking about accepting contributions from any random individual in those countries, not from their damn government or something.
          And how do you know that a "random individual" from North Korea isn't working for their hostile government? You don't. And even if you did, there's no diplomatic method of prosecuting a malicious individual from those nations. Hence the purpose of such controls.

          Originally posted by Vash63 View Post
          Just because someone was born in a place with bad government doesn't mean that they're bad people...
          I don't think anyone is making such a claim. Strawman?


          • #35

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