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(When asked if the NSA ever approached the Linux kernal maintainer group to put in a backdoor, Linus Torvalds nodded an exaggerated yes while smiling broadly - and then said "No." Try getting that degree of candor from the corporate crowd.)-40hz (May 07, 2014, 08:17 AM)
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His tone of voice and demeanor were very sarcastic/silly. A few seconds later when the laughter died down, and this time without any indication of humor, he more seriously shook his head and repeated, "No."
-Deozaan (May 07, 2014, 01:42 PM)
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I was speaking about Torvald's candor rather than whether or not the NSA actually did speak to him. Contrast that with the non-committal doublespeak many other software heavyweights employed when asked similar questions. Most would not say either "yes" or "no." Linus's answer was a definite "no.";)

Thanks for clarifying that. I originally took you to mean that Linus had indeed been approached but was somehow legally unable to say so, so he nodded yes but said no.


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