Comment: This bill would essentially ban any operating system which refuses to install government backdoors and/or spyware in the OS kernel.
What if Canonical Ltd. refuses to install government backdoors in Ubuntu? Simple. The law would make it illegal for people in the United States to download, install, and run Ubuntu. Canonical would have to block Americans from visiting any of its websites – Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Mythbuntu, etc. – or using their software repositories.
What if Linus Torvalds demands that no government backdoors be included in any Linux distribution? Simple. The law would make it illegal for people in the United States to download, install, and run any version of Linux.
Chances are very likely that Canonical and Torvalds will cave in and submit to Feinstein’s tech tyranny law. But if they refuse and the law passes, using Ubuntu or any other version of Linux could make you a federal felon.