Originally Posted by MadRabbit
Here we go with this tinfoil argument.
Windows would be already banned in countries like Russia, China etc if they even found a trace of something. And believe me, they have VERY capable people finding stuff that WOULD be implanted by the NSA.
This topic is getting absurd already.
Have a read and once you find something that says gov, enterprise and OEMs DONT have full access, show me.
Read through it, and this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shared_source
Nowhere does it state that anyone has full access. It states that they (government and commercial) have limited access to evaluate the security of Windows and other MS products.
Nothing tinfoil about it and it's a common practise among many commercial software vendors. Also, a nation can't simply embargo a legitimate corporation just because they suspect spying. They instead opt to invest into open source solutions such as Linux, because they control and maintain the level of security (yes, the USA does this too).
Besides, the original topic was on your reply stating that you would suspect that the NSA would have implemented backdoors on many Linux distros. My counter argument was that this would be very unlikely as GNU/Linux code is completely open and that any attempt to tamper with the code would be picked up quickly by the public. While proprietary code (e.g. Windows) might be tampered with, but if it's not detected before the binary release, it's then distributed with the malicious code implemented and with very little chance of it being picked up by anyone outside the MS dev team.