Where do you see the future of computing going in 5 or 10 years from now?
Perhaps people feel it'll be a future with OpenBSD and pfSensor or perhaps people feel it'll be GNU/Linux and all that it entails.
But take a moment to sit back and look at the current state of computer research in general...
It is extremely unlikely that any post-2008 Intel hardware will ever be supported in libreboot, due to severe security and freedom issues; so severe, that the libreboot project recommends avoiding all modern Intel hardware. If you have an Intel based system affected by the problems described below, then you should get rid of it as soon as possible.
So where does that leave the GNU?
https://www.gnu.org/proprietary/proprie ... rs.en.html
Lately the issue's of trust seem to be high on every-bodies list, nobody trusts Microsoft and for good reason, the Microsoft corporation has waged a war on all fronts against the free software movement, due to the misconception many people have that "Paid" for software is better than software that respect's your online freedoms.
Then there's Google lying, spying and stealing as many patents and private thoughts from people as it can with it's backdoored Android OS proclaiming multiple times that Google does not have a backdoor into your Android device. Clearly if your a developer as I assume most of the readers on this forum to be, you'll know that to be complete "horse-[stuff]!" as soon as you root your device you'll see it communicating to google via the backdoor frequently uploading, all your personal an private content onto "Googles" cloud services.
Or should we just call that what it is, the NSA's cloud? XKeyscore? & Android XKeystore? hey it must just be a "wording co-incidence!"
After all android is Linux & Linux is "for extremists!"
Myself, I see computers and programming heading rapidly in an alternative direction... I see millions of people realising that there is a far better alternative such as: http://hackaday.com/2016/01/25/raspberr ... s-a-punch/
What is it that hackers love so much about ARM? Beside's that fact it's so damn cheap? No "ME" or "PSP" management engine, no proprietary BIOS, free to run what you like and at scale too with instruction sets that scale... If you read-up on the history of computing you gain some pretty diverse insights into all the FUD that flies around. After all your probably asking yourself how the hell some company goes off and build's a giant cluster to mine the world's data, well the answers are all blowing in the wind, especially if you read up about clustered computing, everybody would immediately think that Linux is the bad boy on the block when it comes to building a huge computer cluster with privacy. But you know what? You'd be wrong! or at least that's what all of googles own engineers would contend with this delightful and insightful paper: https://swtch.com/~rsc/talks/nauth.pdf
And in the words of another developer associated with the project: "GNU is, and always has been, a political movement that writes software as a means to an end." Dynamic Linking is an infinite source of complexity, security leaks, incompatibility, unreliability etc. and yet many perceive it as "good" or even "necessary".
Let's have a look at common arguments in favour of dynamic linking. Open Source people seem to like to annoy the fuck out of potential users, people want working static builds, not half-broken Ubuntu packages which depend on 9001 MB of libraries or a bunch of source which, with all dependencies, takes hours to compile (basically any C++ program) and FOSDEM has pretty much already labelled the GCC entire code-base as little more than a virus.
An now there is a huge movement for change....
After all the majority of government is so clueless about how there own computer systems work, you have to remember when these dude's roll into there office, spy office or otherwise the first thing they do is use a CAC-PIV to login to an MS Windows Box, they never even see the god-damned Linux Box parsing all the information into there little Windows machine, so in there little enclosed world, they believe Windows is the stuff dreams are made out of...
Somehow you get the feeling long-term that the idea of a load of developers (that they all label as extremists) all using RSA security tokens and good security, that they designed to be SECURE from intruders and idiots running Open Source malware like GNU/Linux is a world completely alien to them...
Funny old world, even more funny when it gets rubbed into there face's that what they want to achieve with "TOTAL" spying on "EVERYTHING" & "ALL THE TIME!" just isn't practical in a modern educated and well informed society, that will no doubt shut down there entire convoluted misconception of how there perfect little utopia of spying on everybody and selling there information to profit from better advertising of course is never going to exist, at least not in the model they believe it to be.
Just think of all those fake [fish-sticks] anti-virus product vendors alongside all those fake [fish-sticks] firewall products and all those fake [fish-sticks] security products, as long as you didn't compile anything with the GCC Libs into the afore mentioned products going out of business... Makes you smile a bit doesn't it.
Spread the love and spread the better way.. The future isn't coming, it's already here... http://www.9front.org
You just need to find yourself some decent open source hardware to stick it on... But that's self explanatory!