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Re: If Linux Is About Choice, Why Then ...




> On Apr 12, 2017, at 9:05 PM, GiaThnYgeia <GiaThnYgeia@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 
> The "choice" of going cheap on ancient hardware is that you all knowing
> expert "technical" but not "political" folk are really clueless of what
> those non-free eight-core gadgets you port your code on contain.  It
> would take years of testing and listening to identify where those
> machines leak from.  Geewhiz, most of you can not even swear you can
> tell what Ipv6 is all about, yet!   Do you have android anonymizing
> systems and packages?  Tell that to their engineers that have leaked
> that it is impossible to do so.  7billion people around earth have self
> imposed a gps chip and monitoring system in their pocket 24hrs a day.
> Even government and corporate servers are suspect of leaking stuff.  

The rumors of backdoors built into CPUs goes back to the early days of the Pentium chip, which predates the first Celeron by 5 years. Your argument is not valid, as it is just as possible for your Celeron chip to be compromised at the point of manufacture, usually in China, as it for a newer chip to be compromised.

Debian is not in the business of catering to the special needs of conspiracy theorists, but of looking to a technologically developing and progressing future and making it as accessible as possible to as many people as possible. The decisions the developers and project manager make are the best decisions they can make within the constraints of developer time and installer file size. If you truly need to use 18 year old hardware, get your hands on a copy of an old stable installer, say Potato, and use a version of Debian that is compatible with your hardware. Even auto manufacturers are only obligated to make parts for cars up to 10 years old.

Cathy