So, I was thinking that I should care more about what I use on my Debian install after what Snowden said and adding historical facts like that episode where Sony put a Rootkit onto CP's (copy protected CD's, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_BMG_copy_protection_rootkit_scandal). For those who don't know, Debian is a GNU/Linux distro where no proprietary software is installed by default, thus giving 100% assurance that no malicious software gets intentionally installed by default. After doing some thinking I came to the conclusion that, at this point in my life, I can't have a 100% free-software based PC. I tried Gnash but it doesn't work well on all sites, so I need Adobe FlashPlayer or some replacement for it. I also run Steam (natively on Debian Testing) and for that I need a nvidia driver as well. These three are not free-software, and I have some questions regarding them. For I all know the US government is powerful, and if they decide to force Adobe into putting a back-door or some malicious tool into FlashPlayer than I believe they could do so, either by direct pressure or creation of new laws. Does somebody know of anything on this subject? I'm accepting conspiracy theories as well. What about Steam? And NVIDIA? How "strong" are these companies against NSA/FBI or any other government agency? Another question is: Are Linux users more protected? I ask this because although Linux in itself is invulnerable to Windows malware, it still can be infected, say, by an infected .deb or .rpm, and so when users grant root access to software they are granting that software (depending on the particular program) unlimited access to the system currently running. I never install software from unknown sources, but I'm concerned that someday the government might have the power to corrupt every major company in the software market, if they don't do it already. I mean, who would imagine that Sony would put malicious software into it's products? Who grants that these non-free software companies will not do the same? Please treat this thread with respect as I didn't disrespect those who might read it. It was created after concerns about current and historical facts (not only Sony's scandal) that might represent the future. Regards.