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SubjectRE: KLive: Linux Kernel Live Usage Monitor

On Tue, 30 Aug 2005, Wilkerson, Bryan P wrote:

> On Tue, Aug 30, 2005 at 10:01:21AM +0200, Sven Ladegast wrote:
>> The idea isn't bad but lots of people could think that this is some
> kind
>> of home-phoning or spy software. I guess lots of people would turn
> this
>> feature off...and of course you can't enable it by default. But
> combined
>> with an automatic oops/panic/bug-report this would be _very_ useful I
>> think.
> I think this is useful and would personally participate if it were a
> config tweak. There are a couple of issues that come to mind.
> 1. Possibly paranoia, but given the apparent numbers of people with
> malicious intent on the Internet and knowing that there are some
> financially motivated to make Linux kernel developers over confident in
> they're work, I'm not sure I'd trust or use the data unless it was
> somehow authenticated.
> 2. Some of us sit behind corporate firewalls and proxies that have
> oppressive rules that would have made Stalin proud. The solution must
> be proxy aware and if it used HTTP, even better because it's more likely
> to work anywhere. The proxy settings could also be a .config thing.
> 3. Again security; I haven't cleared this with my corporate superiors
> but I'm not sure they'll like the fact that anyone could intercept the
> data and compute how many people in the company are running Linux test
> kernels. I know this almost sounds anti-open but we're breaking them in
> slowly to the model and I don't think they are ready for this one just
> yet. :)
> -bryan
> -

The beginnings of "Magic Lantern" and "Carnivore"? Good, now just
use port 25 because everybody has port 25 open ..... Just like

Dick Johnson
Penguin : Linux version 2.6.13 on an i686 machine (5589.48 BogoMips).
Warning : 98.36% of all statistics are fiction.
I apologize for the following. I tried to kill it with the above dot :

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