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[liberationtech] Chromebooks for Risky Situations?

Nadim Kobeissi nadim at nadim.cc
Wed Feb 6 12:15:17 PST 2013


The biggest (and very important) difference between Linux and Chromebooks
is the hugely smaller attack surface.


NK


On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 2:36 PM, Brian Conley <brianc at smallworldnews.tv>wrote:

> Andreas,
>
> Plenty of Syrians do have internet access, and use it on a regular basis.
>
> Also, lack of appropriateness for one use-case doesn't necessitate lack of
> appropriateness across the board.
>
> Linux is a great solution for many use cases, but as has been elaborated,
> quite a terrible one for many others.
>
> Brian
>
>
> On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 7:44 AM, Andreas Bader <noergelpizza at hotmail.de>wrote:
>
>> On 02/06/2013 04:24 PM, Tom Ritter wrote:
>> > 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.
>> >
>> > -tom
>> > --
>> >
>> But you can't use it for political activists e.g. in Syria because of
>> its dependence on the internet connection. This fact is authoritative.
>> For Europe and USA and so on it might be a good solution.
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