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

Nick liberationtech at
Thu Sep 25 02:00:41 PDT 2014

Quoth Karl Fogel: 
>   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.

The wonderful F-Droid already does this, as pointed out in the 
article. So it doesn't seem like a proposal so much as an 
explanation of why it's important.

But to be honest I'm not sure why people who are happy to use a 
completely proprietary mobile computing system would care that much 
about this.  They have already voted with their feet that freedom 
(and by extension security and privacy) are not important to them.  
Sure, there may be plenty of people who are ignorant enough of how 
computers actually work to not realise the sacrifices they're 
making, but I don't think this article is targeted for them.


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