Grabs the wheel and steers back to reality: For those of you who seem to think having an outside authority help look at the security problems that Windows has, let's do a hypothetical... Let's ASSUME that in the past, all Windows distro's have been done only in house at Microsoft. Now one company knows how the OS works inside and out, the good and the bad, the strenghts and the weaknesses. What stops Microsoft (or a rogue employee for that matter) from leaving in place, a security flaw/backdoor/trojan/what-have-you and using that whenever the US Gov't or some other gov't applies pressure, money, or both to Microsoft and says "Let me in"? I believe that the announcement that the NSA has consulted on the security portions of the Windows OS does very little in making it more or less secure to those who are worred about the government getting in. However, I also think that it does make it more secure from independent hackers, script kiddies, and other such parties.