"Considering that there are hundreds of millions of people on the Internet, and hundreds of BILLIONS of different hardware configurations, the chance that a Microsoft fix will break something is much higher than the chance that a KDE fix will break something." Are you suggesting that microsoft is as amazingly stupid as SSL directly using hardware would suggest? Most people who outright hate microsoft wouldn't suggest that they're that dumb. Hint: SSL has no requirements as far as hardware goes, at all. SSL should not depend on much of anything, at all. SSL is provided to other things to depend on.