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[liberationtech] Proposal for more-trustable code from app stores; comments welcome.

Karl Fogel kfogel at
Wed Sep 24 11:25:02 PDT 2014

Thoughts welcome on the usefulness of this proposal:

Quick summary is:

  Today, app stores don't even clearly *distinguish* open-source from
  closed-source apps, let alone do the builds themselves.

  It would be great if app stores built open-source apps directly from
  the public source tree, stating exactly which snapshot was used.  And
  it would be even better if they did so with deterministic builds --
  though even just knowing that the app store had done the build
  themselves (instead of the app's author doing it) would be a huge win,
  and deterministic builds would be gravy.

Details in the article.


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