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message 1: by Rob (new)

Rob | 14 comments Mod
The illegal "Hurd boxes" are a reference to the Hurd kernel, part of the attempt by the GNU project to create a free operating system. This operating system today largely runs on the Linux kernel.

There have been a number of attempts by governments and corporations to enforce something like the "Secure Hardware Environment", and control what users can do with their computers. Cory Doctorow's 2011 talk on The comping war on general computation is a useful exploration of these issues.

message 2: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Mckee | 3 comments I just started Rainbows End. I'm a Linux enthusiast, so I'm already seeing the link between the freedom Linux represents and the apparent gov't control this book will describe (?)

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