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Fedora To Have A "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" For Contributors
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.
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.