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[liberationtech] Chromebooks for Risky Situations?
tom at ritter.vg
Wed Feb 6 07:24:28 PST 2013
Nadim, I'm with you. I'm not sure it's the perfect solution for
everyone, but like Nathan said, if you already trust Google, I think
it's a good option.
On 6 February 2013 07:12, Andreas Bader <noergelpizza at hotmail.de> wrote:
> Why don't you use an old thinkpad or something with Linux, you have the
> same price like a Chromebook but more control over the system. And you
> don't depend on the 3G and Wifi net.
We started with the notion of Linux, and we were attracted to
Chromebooks for a bunch of reasons. Going back to Linux loses all the
things we were attracted to.
- ChromeOS's attack surface is infinitely smaller than with Linux
- The architecture of ChromeOS is different from Linux - process
separation through SOP, as opposed to no process separation at all
- ChromeOS was *designed* to have you logout, and hand the device over
to someone else to login, and get no access to your stuff. Extreme
Hardware attacks aside, it works pretty well.
- ChromeOS's update mechanism is automatic, transparent, and basically
foolproof. Having bricked Ubuntu and Gentoo systems, the same is not
true of Linux.
- Verified Boot, automatic FDE, tamper-resistant hardware
Something I'm curious about is, if any less-popular device became
popular amoung the activist community - would the government view is
as an indicator of interest? Just like they block Tor, would they
block Chromebooks? It'd have to get pretty darn popular first though.
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