No, but there's no reason to think that Linux is worse than anything else, and it's probably easier to fix.
If I were Linus I'd be putting together a small team of people who have been with Linux for years to begin assessing things. From Gilmour's posting it seems clear that IPsec and VPN functionality will need major change. Other things to audit include crypto libraries, both in Linux and the browsers, and the random number generators.
But certainly some examination of SELinux and other portions are also needed.
I don't see how anyone can answer the original question without doing some serious assessment. However I'm a bit skpetical whether this problem can actually be fixed at all. We don't know what things have been subverted, and what level of access the NSA and their equivalents in other countries have had to be code and algorithm design. They probably have access to more resources than the Linux community does.
I agree with the FB position. I do work with youth at Church. Several of them are my friends on FB, although these days more of my friends are professional colleagues. Their parents know that. My privacy is set somewhat tighter than the default, to minimize their exposure to others.
While I am not silly enough to put anything that matters on FB, some of the kids have said things that, while actually not very serious, they might not want other people to see. The difficulty with letting third parties use my account is that most of what's there isn't my postings, but postings of my friends. And they might well not want my potential employer to see them.
I don't know what kind of suit FB has in mind, but if I were going to make up a case I'd make it up based on compromising the privacy of minors without the consent of their parents.
OK, I resist change just like everyone else. But that's not what is going on here.
Monitors are getting bigger. I'm doing more things at once. I want better ways of managing that. But Metro just gives me one thing at a time. Sorry, that's not a solution to the problem. That's going back to the original Macintosh.
Apple isn't perfect, but at least they've been trying some new ideas. I don't think the new ideas on screen management have been all that successful, but at least they're attacking the right problem.
At the moment, nobody has a better idea for a smart phone or a tablet than to show one app at a time. The only way W8 makes sense is if they're adding a piece for portable devices, and said "while we're at it, let's let desktop guys use it too." Fine. But only if they realize that the desktop systems still need new ideas as well. And if I were doing a ground-up redesign, I'd consider whether we might be ready for a better approach with tablets as well. The new iPad has more pixels than many monitors. I'm not sure one app at a time should be the only way to use it.
The skeptics I've read agree that temperatures have gone up. The questions are about models showing continuing rises, and what approach to take in dealing with it.
My concern is that we not exhaust the public's willingness to do something with approaches that will have almost negligible impact.
I would love to use Linux. But first and foremost the OS has to be able to do everything Mac OS or Windows can do. That includes licensed content. Currently iTunes won't run on Linux in any realistic way, and there's no real alternative. I doubt that I'm alone. I'm glad someone in the Linux community is working on things like this. I'm also going to need MS Office, as I have to be able to exchange documents with administrators and OpenOffice's compatibility isn't really good enough for that.
The Linux community has slowly understood that if you want to be a mainstream OS real people have to be able to install it. But once they've installed it, it's got to do what they need to do.
Has anyone participating in this discussion actually done web design for accessibility? I've been looking at it for our course management system. It's not trivial, but it's also not difficult. In increases development time / cost, but probably not more than 10%. It's perfectly possible to design reasonable visual interfaces that work fine with common screen readers. A sighted user won't even be aware that it's been done. It's a combination of avoiding some standard pitfalls that a screen reader can't reasonably work around, and putting appropriate labels and tags on everything. A lot of tools are accessible. jQuery has been doing an increasingly good job. The CK editor has as well.
The issue isn't just blind people. Older people (like me, to be honest) sometimes need to increase font size, and would really like it if the web page design doesn't fall apart.
There's no way you're going to get away with saying "sorry, they should know they're handicapped." The law won't allow it, and in my opinion shouldn't. I might feel differently if there weren't reasonable approaches to dealing with it. The big problem is getting web developers to think about it, and to try their software with a screen reader now and then.
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