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GCHQ spooks top UK Linux installations

Sep 27, 2010, 11:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The largest installation of Linux desktops in any British Government site is at GCHQ, the high-tech spy-station in Cheltenham, according to industry sources.

"Whispers in the courtly corridors around Westminster, the seat of British government, have it that British intelligence uses Linux because it is secure, good at number crunching, and doesn't cost much to deploy.

"It is hard otherwise to find any British site where Linux has been rolled out in numbers greater than hundreds of desktops, say the whisperers.

"This is a touchy subject, as it is, of course, Top Secret. IT contractors at GCHQ, the listening-post for the UK's MI6 intelligence service, have to sign the Official Secrets Act. They can be sent to prison for so much as saying whether Q likes milk in his tea."

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