This is my first post in this awesome community. First of all I would like to thank to the massive troubleshooting that I already had with some others posts that I found on google about ubuntu. I tried ubuntu 13.10, did not like that much, now I'm using Lubuntu and I love it!
I have an array of questions that emerge in the context of privacy, the PRISM scandal, NSA etc.
1) So I was told that open source can be safer than proprietary code. The reasoning is that open source can be thoroughly reviewed and thus is less likely to have a backdoor inserted. I was looking for the linux source code, and some post redirected me to this link:
Is that correct? I "unzipped" the file and got a list of folders and files but no "main" part of the code.
2) I use a bunch of open source programs (e.g.: keepassx, Lubuntu, firefox, libreoffice, etc) and even though I have some experience with C language and bash, I am unable to review the whole code myself. And I was wondering if there is a community that in some way certifies that those programs work as they claim they do and do not mis-behave. So far open source can be peer reviewed but I did not reviewed the code myself nor have I heard of a group that do that.