This past week Linus Torvalds, the founding father of the Linux Operating System, apparently gave a literal “middle finger” to Google and other major tech corporations like them, calling many modern security researchers “f*cking morons” whom “can not be trusted to do the right thing.” As was reported by TechWorm yesterday, Torvalds also used the opportunity to explain how and why, at least when it comes to cyber security, Linux is far superior than Windows, Mac or Google.
What makes this discussion more interesting, at least in my mind, are recent decisions by the US Government and Department of Defense to invest more heavily in Microsoft, specifically at a moment in time when other world leaders have banned the company under National Security concerns.
Read More – US DoD Invest Heavily In Microsoft as Countries Around The World Ban It Citing National Security: https://legacymedi4.com/2017/03/26/us-department-of-defense-invests-heavily-in-microsoft-as-governments-around-the-world-ban-it-for-national-security-purposes/
Without straying off the subject, I can see why Torvald would be rather upset/bitter these days. Linux is a very distant “Third Place” when it comes to overall Operating System usage in this country and Torvald is hardly a famous billionaire like his counterparts Bill Gates and Steve Jobs have become. Indubitably though, this is because Linux Operating Systems are free and open source and have not become “commercialized” like Windows and Mac‘s over the decades. That being said, the free market has spoken and Linux Operating Systems are in 3rd place for a very legitimate reason, its product is often very bland/boring in appearance and requires its users to learn a whole new skill – something the average person has neither the time/patience/desire to do.
Despite its drawbacks and lack of the overall market-share however, there is also no disputing the fact that Linux Operating Systems are unbeatable when it comes to cyber or system security. Consequentially enough, this is also why I propose the United States Government and Defense Department might want to start looking a little more into the software.
By comparison for example, after banning Microsoft Operating Systems from Federal use at the end of 2016, Russia’s Defense Minister explained how the country was now going to begin the process of inventing a whole new computer language, system and hardware – something that no other country could produce or replicate. Granted the Kremlin admits it might take the country the better part of the next decade to accomplish, it does feel like a much more “proactive” approach to cyber security/national security than the course currently being taken by the US Military, whose strategy appears to be simply dumping more and more funding into Microsoft – an American corporation.
— Army Cyber Command (@ARCYBER) March 8, 2016