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Re: Newbie compat_linux question
> tapeworm wrote:
>> Can anyone think of a way to use a Linux driver under OpenBSD? I want to use
>> about 50 Linux winmodem drivers, some with binary-only portions, so porting
>> them isn't an option.
>> I'm prepared to put a fair bit of effort into this, so any suggestions are
>> welcome. VMware for OpenBSD?
> out of curiousity, why would you want to do this, anyway?
> i'm assuming you have a winmodem and want to be able to use it..wouldn't it
> just be easier to buy a real modem?
> - erk!, who's happily running opera under linux_compat instead of nutscrape.
No. I'm the guy behind m-o-o-t, which is a CD-based secure OS and apps
designed to defeat attacks based on Government demands for encryption keys,
see http://www.m-o-o-t.org for details. The Govt. here in the UK has decided
to implement the provisions of the RIP Act which allow Plod and others to
demand keys without a Court Order.
(They are also allowing every local council and almost every other Tom, Dick
and Harry with a Government position, and some who haven't, to demand
traffic data, relating to telephone calls, email, mail, websites visited,
etc., and they have forced a motion through the EU Parliament to allow
blanket, long-term retention of all such data. We are trying to fight this
by cryptographic means.)
I want to use OpenBSD as the basis for the OS on the CD, hey it's the
best-written and the securest OS, but the lack of support for winmodems if
unresolved will force me to use Linux as a basis instead. m-o-o-t is meant
to run on PC's and Macs, from one CD, and "just work" on most of the
ordinary computers everyday users use, it's not just for geeks. If I can't
support winmodems then that won't be true, as about 50% of such boxen have
them. Laptops are particularly vulnerable when travelling, as ethernet
connections are not generally available in hotels.
I could require users to have a "proper" modem, but that's silly and
wouldn't work. So, it's find some way to support winmodems under OpenBSD or
use Linux. Unless anyone has any other suggestions?
-- Peter Fairbrother
ps I may be only a so-so programmer, but I'm a very good cryptographer.