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Founder of Ubuntu Linux: No Back Doors; No Weakening of Encryption
As Microsoft continues its trend of converting Windows into an operating system of spyware, more and more computer users are discovering the security, privacy, and liberty of Linux. Now, the company behind the world's most popular Linux distribution has publicly pledged that there will never be any back doors built into its product.
Mark Shuttleworth, the man behind Canonical — which sponsors the Ubuntu Linux distribution — told eWEEK Monday that Canonical "will never backdoor Ubuntu; we will never weaken encryption." Shuttleworth's statement — in a video interview ahead of the Ubuntu Online Summit (UOS) — is good news for computer users who have come to rely on encryption to protect both business and personal data.
As government surveillance has increased and encryption has continued to come under attack from the surveillance hawks, it's noteworthy that Ubuntu still includes the option of full disk encryption during installation. Shuttleworth expressed his — and his company's — view of the value of encryption by telling eWEEK: