Kernel.org's road to recovery
Posted Oct 6, 2011 2:27 UTC (Thu) by malor
Parent article: Kernel.org's road to recovery
And stop bitching about 'security theater' and listen to what that community is telling you. Security is inconvenient, and not a lot of fun for programmers, because you're chasing down all these bizarre corner cases instead of writing something new and cool, but it's terribly important.
It's much, much more important than it was twenty years ago; governments have gone actively hostile toward their own citizens all over the world, including the United States (which is now executing its own citizens without bothering with the judicial system). Open source has gotten so prevalent that lives are now literally dependent on the security features of the Linux kernel.
Twenty years ago, if Linux got something wrong, about the worst that would happen was maybe some corporate espionage. But these days, like it or not, reject it or not, if you guys blow it badly, people can die. For real.
If the global shift toward violent authoritarianism continues, the life you save could someday be your own.
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