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Submission + - Is that really the source code for this software? ( 1

oever writes: Software freedom is an interesting concept, but being able to study the source code is useless unless you are certain that the binary you are running corresponds to the alleged source code. It should be possible to recreate the exact binary from the source code. A simple analysis shows that this is very hard in practice, severely limiting the whole point of running free software.
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Is that really the source code for this software?

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  • This post is bullshit.
    A major advantage of open source is that if you're so paranoid, all you need to do is analyse and compile the source code, then use your compiled version to know exactly what you are running. The fact their distributed binary isn't a byte-for-byte duplicate is then a moot point as you're not even using it.

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