In time soon or later this text will, hopefully, be cleared out and finalized by me. Keep in mind if replying. These 30-ish words will be removed when that done. Why? Reasons given in text. Thanks.
I get kind of irony attacks (and I'll leave it to readers themselves to decide why) that I prefer to suppress when I get readers who report reading parts of my "rants" and declare them "too long, therefore next reader pls. don't read this", or tl;dr. Recently they mostly decided to declare how they weren't able to read more than just half of some of my posts which they decided to declare tl;dr, but what is fascinating is them needing to tell the world how obnoxious my posts were...
Why can't you then, OK, I accept you don't like to see me posting on Debina Forums, some of you... But why can't you then, OK, just quit reading my posts? End of story...
EDIT: Some of you people who occasionally expressed tl:dr attitude, I have to admit you do have some points. Not all the points. So I was unduly too harsh here, and as you can see, I'm revisiting this post explicitly to admit being somewhat at fault, esp. such as in the latests of the post previous to the tl:dr remarks above. Sorry.
However, the reasoning of my writing is mostly standing.
It is standing that for some two years during which the Pseudo Random Number Generator (PRNG) routine that Debian developers introduced, intentionally or incompetently, left pretty much any (IIUC) encrypting by the Debian user on his Debian OS installed machine very much useless, because for those two years all Debians in the world were perfectly decryptable by not only secret services but also by most any somewhat skilled hacker.
What I wrote above, I don't know, just like I don't know that the Earth revolves around the Sun, but I believe that it does. I likewise do believe what I wrote above, and I stand by it, because two undeniable experts have, in two completely unrelated events, declared the above to have been the case.
I should hope that no Debian distro defender will rise up to defend Debian against my alleged disparaging of it, in this post, because this is a well known fact in the IT world.
Anyway I didn't post the above recount of the two experts speeches (which I also took down parts of and offered readers the transcription, which I would like to correct just a detail or two, but time, time is very very scarce here)...
Anyway I didn't post the above recount of the speeches, of Julian Assange and Poul-Heening Kamp (they are the experts who can't be dismissed and on whose expert recounts I only repeated, in my words, above), I didn't and I wouldn't be posting those and this today's post for the sake of disparaging Debian,
Not just because I still like Debian, and still need it, but because I truly hope that it is salvageable, still salvageable, it's not yet broken so much as to abandon it.
Broken in the sense of useable for privacy computing.
I'll try and explain what I mean (as if I haven't yet, but OK).
If I can't have control over my computer in the way that, be it with great effort and care, no one else can compromise the security of my computer when I go online, as they easily could on any users' Debian computers for some two years of time during which the PRNG in all Debian machines in the world was compromised in such way that NSA or FSB or any other secret service could easily and silently read anything on the computers they were interested in, and we know that mostly those agencies harvest data indiscriminately, such as that on the eff.org (can't look up the link now, but sure it can be found and confirmed what I write here) there was talk of NSA's world tap (wiretapping the whole world)...
So if I can't have control over my computer in the way that, be it that for such result great effort and care would be needed... in the way that no one can reach through whatever that I decide to encrypt and want to keep in private in my computer...
If I can't have control over my computer in such way, but instead those leviathans like Google, the giant greatest of all friends of NSA, or small leviathans like my former provider (just recently switched to a different provider) whom I undeniably uncovered in their censorship of my emails thrown to waste right after I sent them
Postfix smtp-tls-wrapper, Bkp/Cloning Mthd, A Zerk Provider
(zerk in the title is for beserk, on Gentoo forums)
So if I can't have control over my computer in such way as to keep it secure and private, at least say my /home/ukrainian (replace ukrainian which whichever your regular user name is) directory... well. at least if I encrypt things in there (was decryptable by those agencies and such hackers as mentioned a few paragraphs above in this post for all the two years of the PRNG Debian bug in all Debians worldwide)...
So if I can't have control over my computer in such way, well then I can't have privacy computing with installing Debian.
Now, I have, in this topic or the neighboring edbarx's topic, expressed my fear for my privacy.
Readers, tell me, can I trust Debian? Unreservedly? (No need replying: I can't, well, I surely can't *unreservedly* trust Debian, with the facts of those two year of all Debians worldwide having been with that huge security hole.)
And yet, I repeat, it is Debian who I still hope that it is recoverable to be reliably useable for privacy computing.
However, dear all you of the tl;dr syntagma, it will *not* be salvageable if you keep sweeping any whistleblowing under the carpet, it you keep telling off posters like me, and if you don't allow freedom.
What I mean, is, tell users what happened, just like you promised you would in Debian Social Contract!
Do tell! Don't istead attack people like me who tell what is happening, or dedicate terrible time to analyze and show to other users what is otherwise kind of hidden for so many... What exactly am I saying?
What exactly am I saying? I started this topic which have had a few thousand views so far, after, and I said so, at the start somewhere (of course I'm offline while writing this, I am so sparingly online because I don't feel invulnerable online with my Debian at all!, and so I can't check it while I'm writing this), after a few days of studying discusisons held where the Debian matters get decided (well that's just one of the places, but it is the place where opinions are confronted and the ensuing desicions implemented), and that is the debian-devel mail-list.
Pls. take note of the words "after a few days of studying" in the paragraph above. I had started this topic after loong study of matters of this topic.
So, what I am saying is: Do tell what is happening in Debian! And don't attack people like me who tell what is happening in Debian, after they study for loong time to find it out, and who tell what it happening in Debian to the users of Debian.
So, I hope that Debian is still salageable for privacy computing, but, dear all you of the tl;dr syntagma, it will *not* be salvageable if you keep sweeping the truth of moves and events in Debain under the carpet and attack people like me who employ their own terrible time to find out that truth and tell it to the users of Debian.
And also, all you honest and loving and truthful Debian users, and I am in particular referring to the advanced, verging on becoming Debian developers with a real say on the future of Debian, like the fine people of the neighboring topic, up until now, and currently, not very cleverly named (
) "Future with systemd"...
And also, good and advanced Debian users, Debian will *not* be salvageable if you, either of the following:
first) remain timid in these respects, instead of speaking loud and doing what you can once you see that things have started to go wrong (action there taken, as reported on the neighboring topic, and that is really comforting)
second) if you don't keep the big picture!
Do keep the big picture in your view!
It's not just systemd. And neither is it just poetteringware!
As the true expert, who evaded the most powerful agancy of the world, Julian Assange, said, it is so easy to compromise an OS... Only one program in the chain needs to be compromise and the whole OS is compromised.
And yet I stand by the claim that among the sole lines of defences left to the free world in the Orwellian age of ours is the, and I'll use the term without "GNU", which I explained is because Richard Stallman has introduced NSA SELinux in his Emacs options, but not without anything, to correct the incorrect solely "Linux" name), and yet I stand by the claim that among the sole lines of defences left to the free world in the Orwellian age of ours is:
the Debian FOSS Linux
The sole lines of defences left to the free world, as it just must be repeated: it's only FOSS, from FOSS Linux to FOSS BSD and others, all, again all of Micro$oft and all of Mac is being totally controled, no room for privacy.
And by not reducing your view to solely systemd tree in the danger forest in our story, as if the sole problem, the sole blockage and black hole on our path to getting privacy computing capable Debian, as if the sole program ruining the FOSS nature of FOSS Linux, as if the sole architecture that endangers FOSS Linux was systemd and its associates (or poetteringware by the main developer Lennart Poettering).
This goes to goulo really (I haven't seen if there have been any followups to my yesterday's very clumsy post; luckily I explained which problems were on me, should have sufficed and excused my clumsiness there:
Defeat and Hope for FOSS Linux
http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php? ... 15#p554026
You do need to see wider than just the bits of the program, brother. You do need to ask what the intentions are of those introducing those programs.
And that is why I lost my faith completely in Richard Matthew Stallman of the GNU.
SELinux, introducing SELinux, introducing that spyware into the world that is supposed to be free, the GNU world, is certainly not witlessness, because opening that world to spyware by Richard himself (he is in full charge of Emacs IIUC), is compromise of GNU, and could not have been done in some state of unawareness.
Look, the real intentions of programs in the panorama of bad-for-privacy programs from SELinux to systemd is surveilling, and then controling of us, users.
And there are very likely, very probably FONs in Debian, yes: in among the deciders at various levels, who consciously betray Debian, else that kind of moves would never even get as close as D of Debian, let alone get to be the default in Debian, such as the SELinux, because such was the enthusiasm that is left to be seen to must have been around at the time of instituting the Debian distro.
Tired. Will leave this somewhat unfinished. Also, those problems mentioned in "Defeat and Hope for FOSS Linux" are the big picture that you need to know and think about, dear users.
And the most important program if you want to defend yourself from surveillance and from being controled is Grsecurity.