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Paranoid Linux project
« on: June 10, 2008, 08:05:43 am »
http://paranoidlinux.org/

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Paranoid Linux is an operating system that assumes that its operator is under assault from the government (it was intended for use by Chinese and Syrian dissidents), and it does everything it can to keep your communications and documents a secret. It even throws up a bunch of "chaff" communications that are supposed to disguise the fact that you're doing anything covert. So while you're receiving a political message one character at a time, ParanoidLinux is pretending to surf the Web and fill in questionnaires and flirt in chat-rooms. Meanwhile, one in every five hundred characters you receive is your real message, a needle buried in a huge haystack.
~Cory Doctorow (Little Brother, 2008)

When those words were written, ParanoidLinux was just a fiction. It is our goal to make this a reality. The project officially started on May 14th, and has been growing ever since. We welcome your ideas, contributions, designs, or code. You can find us on freenode's irc server in the #paranoidlinux channel. Hope to see you there!

I think the above quote explains it pretty well.

You can download Cory Doctorow's book here if you want to know more.  Its not necessary, but it is a good book, and he is encouraging people to share it.  I also think something along the lines of Paranoid Linux has potential, even though it is Linux.

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Re: Paranoid Linux project
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2008, 02:32:42 pm »
http://paranoidlinux.org/

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Paranoid Linux is an operating system that assumes that its operator is under assault from the government (it was intended for use by Chinese and Syrian dissidents), and it does everything it can to keep your communications and documents a secret. It even throws up a bunch of "chaff" communications that are supposed to disguise the fact that you're doing anything covert. So while you're receiving a political message one character at a time, ParanoidLinux is pretending to surf the Web and fill in questionnaires and flirt in chat-rooms. Meanwhile, one in every five hundred characters you receive is your real message, a needle buried in a huge haystack.
~Cory Doctorow (Little Brother, 2008)

When those words were written, ParanoidLinux was just a fiction. It is our goal to make this a reality. The project officially started on May 14th, and has been growing ever since. We welcome your ideas, contributions, designs, or code. You can find us on freenode's irc server in the #paranoidlinux channel. Hope to see you there!

I think the above quote explains it pretty well.

You can download Cory Doctorow's book here if you want to know more.  Its not necessary, but it is a good book, and he is encouraging people to share it.  I also think something along the lines of Paranoid Linux has potential, even though it is Linux.

Yeah, I'm pretty excited by this project... I hope it turns into actual code.
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Re: Paranoid Linux project
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2008, 03:21:28 pm »
It's an intersting idea.  Good find!
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Re: Paranoid Linux project
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2008, 05:06:27 pm »
I can't get the page to load. :(
“I’m guessing it was January 2007, a meeting in Bethesda, we got a bag of bees and just started smashing them on the desk,” Charles Wick said. “It was very complicated.”


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Re: Paranoid Linux project
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2008, 11:15:57 am »
I can't get the page to load. :(

Paranoid Linux fears you :lulz:
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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2008, 05:25:12 pm »
“I’m guessing it was January 2007, a meeting in Bethesda, we got a bag of bees and just started smashing them on the desk,” Charles Wick said. “It was very complicated.”


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« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2008, 05:50:31 pm »
I keep expecting this to go straight into Pratchett land:

"The operating system was so secure and secretive that it removed all traces of itself as soon as installed.  It would then stand by in case the user might possibly ever need to do something secretive, and then only after several code words in dead languages and a quarter cup of the user's blood had been presented as verification.  Otherwise, it would stew quietly and try to appear as much like a normal terminal as possible.  At least until it finished re-wiring itself a cloaking device. 
Normal useage was horribly slow and obtuse, and influenced early itterations of 'Windows'."
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Re: Paranoid Linux project
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2008, 05:53:09 pm »
I can't get the page to load. :(

Paranoid Linux fears you :lulz:

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Re: Paranoid Linux project
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2008, 01:20:31 pm »
Paranoid Linux makes me think of Skynet in the terminator movies.

14:00hrs: Paranoid Linux sees all humans as a threat and launches a pre emptive strike against us  :tinfoilhat:
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« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2008, 06:00:11 pm »
I keep expecting this to go straight into Pratchett land:

"The operating system was so secure and secretive that it removed all traces of itself as soon as installed.  It would then stand by in case the user might possibly ever need to do something secretive, and then only after several code words in dead languages and a quarter cup of the user's blood had been presented as verification.  Otherwise, it would stew quietly and try to appear as much like a normal terminal as possible.  At least until it finished re-wiring itself a cloaking device. 
Normal useage was horribly slow and obtuse, and influenced early itterations of 'Windows'."

That's fucking brilliant, by the way.

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Re: Paranoid Linux project
« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2008, 07:30:09 am »
Install Freenet and TrackMeNot for Firefox. Mostly done.

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Re: Paranoid Linux project
« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2008, 11:43:42 pm »
I'm always amazed at the number of people who think those are working just because they installed them.
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Re: Paranoid Linux project
« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2008, 12:22:47 am »
Ok, install, turn on, configure, and use. And set up I2P and TOR for normal web browsing as well. Also, make sure your firewall is configured properly, use Mobloquer/Peer Guardian, and encrypt everything. Pidgin-otr for your instant messages, GPG for e-mail. Web sites are harder, of course, so encourage website admins to enable HTTPS, even just a self-signed cert is good.

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Re: Paranoid Linux project
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2008, 07:50:17 am »
Tor is so goddamned slow I'd rather just bicycle there and say it in person.
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Re: Paranoid Linux project
« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2008, 10:11:04 pm »
Maybe it's the German in me, but I find the potential (likely) inefficiency of something like this appalling. How much bandwidth and system resources are being wasted when no government is going to care about most of the people using this anyway?
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