[LINK] The Huawei 5G debate

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Fri Mar 15 12:50:01 AEDT 2019

Yep, Circa 2004 I downloaded a closed source free modem driver to make 
linux work on my laptop http://www.ramin.com.au/linux/linux-log1.html

Having dabbled in getting a TV tuner to work with Linux - I came across 
the agreements you have to sign with hardware suppliers before you can 
get the information to write drivers.

Protecting trade secrets is a legitimate story - but I can see and did 
feel an unease at any closed source software...but most of the world 
seems to be happy to be led down the closed proprietary path...


On 15/3/19 12:04 pm, Robert Brockway wrote:
> On Fri, 15 Mar 2019, David wrote:
>> Spyware in exported network equipment isn't anything new, it's been 
>> happening for 20 years.  But I think the potential increase in 
>> vulnerability with increasing organisational complexity is a worry.
> Sweden identied foreign developed software as a potential threat to 
> national security as far back as the 1970s, although I'm not sure they 
> ever did much about it.
> Free and open source software (FOSS) can be properly audited before 
> use in sensitive areas.  Proprietary software can too under an NDA.  
> Quite a few organisations have access to the source code of Microsoft 
> Windows for example.
> This gets a bit more complicated when talking about firmware in an 
> access point but methods exist to verify the binary.
> This is an under-recognised problem.
> Cheers,
> Rob
>> David L.
>> On Thursday, 14 March 2019 17:03:00 AEDT Stephen Loosley wrote:
>>> By Jeremy Mitchell, the Director of Corporate & Public Affairs for 
>>> Huawei Australia, sharing his views on the 5G debate.
>>> By Jeremy Mitchell
>>> https://huaweihub.com.au/australia-pays-for-malcolms-5g-muddle
>>> [...]
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