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As always, any changes to the Android kernel, if I recall, must be submitted to the dev tree for others to access. With this, we could probably see custom ROMs sporting mil-spec security and stability, albeit sacrificing customizability in the process. But at least, this will be a fine option for those who fuss so much about security and privacy.
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As always, any changes to the Android kernel, if I recall, must be submitted to the dev tree for others to access. With this, we could probably see custom ROMs sporting mil-spec security and stability, albeit sacrificing customizability in the process. But at least, this will be a fine option for those who fuss so much about security and privacy.

I'm sure that whatever contract they will have with the Android team, it will include extensive non-disclosure agreements, likely with a statement that the resulting version and modifications to it are classified.
    
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They should license the Windows Kernel like Russia did and make a completely esoteric OS and then make it open-source to remove any back doors.

Or could stick with Linux based kernels, as you now, why do they need Windows when they're not going to be playing BF3 as they will already be on a real battlefield?
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I'm sure that whatever contract they will have with the Android team, it will include extensive non-disclosure agreements, likely with a statement that the resulting version and modifications to it are classified.

Maybe that's the case with their final build of Android, but the government did say that SE Android will be open-sourced as an alternative to the standard, commercial OS. You may think it can present security holes by letting everyone have access to the OS, but actually when you think about it, people can exploit holes and then report them for appropriate patching. Much better to crowd-source this kind of thing IMO than just leaving them closed forever.
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Stability, that's why. Windows is known for it, while Linux is always unstable.
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Stability, that's why. Windows is known for it, while Linux is always unstable.

Windows is known for stability? Man, I got shafted with my installation then...
    
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Well I can only imagine if they went with iOS.

Commander - Johnson, send this file to command ASAP, it is of the utmost importance.

Johnson - Aye sir, just give me a moment to boot up my laptop.

Commander - Johnson! What is taking so long!!

Johnson - ITunes isn't done loading yet sir!
post #18 of 58
I think this news will silence the critics about Android's security. Sure, the open-source model does attract unwanted intrusions into the OS, but on the flipside, developers can take the system and edit it to become much more secure than what is standard. Then, they can choose to lock it down and introduce explicit user permissions and limited data connectivity to improve security. That's what Android can become, and that's why the government chose the platform for their specific uses.
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App crashes are, for the most part, all faults within the app, not Android. It's no coincidence that a particular app crashes frequently on a particular phone, yet not crash at all on another phone. It's also no coincidence that after an app update, the app stops crashing.

Agreed. But it's annoying when the built-in mail app crashes.

But that's true, it's not a fault of the OS explicitly. But I can still hope they don't experience crashes like I do. smile.gif

I've never had the gmail app crash on me, but I only use gmail. The only app that is giving me trouble with crashes right now is Chrome and 1. It's in beta, 2. I'm running ICS on a G2x, which isn't fully stable yet. As "bad" as G2x support has been, it's been the most stable phone I've had.
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I'm sure that whatever contract they will have with the Android team, it will include extensive non-disclosure agreements, likely with a statement that the resulting version and modifications to it are classified.

Maybe that's the case with their final build of Android, but the government did say that SE Android will be open-sourced as an alternative to the standard, commercial OS. You may think it can present security holes by letting everyone have access to the OS, but actually when you think about it, people can exploit holes and then report them for appropriate patching. Much better to crowd-source this kind of thing IMO than just leaving them closed forever.


Too true, that's the main reason I see with going with Android, open source makes for better overall security and progress. If somebody was really thinking about hacking the US military's network, I don't think having a closed off OS will help much.

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