2009/9/26 Krishnakant <krmane(a)gmail.com>om>:
I think the analysis is pritty good but the words used are wrong. We
can't say "americans ". RMS is An American and so are many free
software developers, wellwishers and promoters.
So while it is true that some organisations like M$ might be used by the
american government for their bennifit against many countries, it is not
proper to generalise about this.
As Prabir pointed out:
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Subject: Re: [fosscomm] Free software best suited for UI card project
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Why are you equating Microsoft = Americans/American Government ?
RMS is an American, so is EMS and so is Linus (at least these days)
and so are all the staff of FSF Boston and so are countless hackers ,
so are they all part of the 'American sabotage'. ?
There is a simple distinction between Americans as people and American
companies. There is also a distinction of developing proprietary
software in which any back door as a security risk can be kept and
free and open source software, where such back doors would be
Any American company (also Chinese, British or from any other country)
has to observe the laws of the home country. The US Government has
restricted the 'strength' of cryptography which can be sent out of the
country.. The restrictions have not been removed (in 2007, it is still
illegal to export cryptographic software using key lengths greater
than 64-bits without authorization from the U.S. Bureau of Industry
and Security Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_size
allows the US Government agencies to crack encryption systems and is
the stated reason by the US Government for restricting the strength of
This restriction of course applies to all US companies and not M$ alone.
This problem is well known and certain defense related systems do not
use Windows for this reason in many countries including India.
In general, I would oppose the UID scheme for various reasons. But
M$'s involvement in such a project is doubly dangerous and is not the
same as Americans working on free software.