Everyone worries about their computer being infected with viruses, bugs and all the rest of the species of computer malware, but I think there may be a solution. The idea is to make every computer have a unique operating system. Instead of having billions of Microsoft clones, or Mac clones or even Unix, Berkeley Unix, or Linux operating systems, make a unique system designed for each computer.

Creating unique systems for every computer seems impossible at first glance, and maybe it is at last glance too, but what if we took an open source system like Linux and chopped it up into a number of independent modules — two, ten or perhaps a thousand modules and then made every one of these modules independent standalone sub-systems? That would be a gigantic mess at first, but after one of these could be debugged and made to work, the next step would be to make it possible to have a password, supplied by the customer, inserted into each of these sub-systems upon installation. Each subsystem must be designed in such a way that the password would not interfere with the operation of it or the whole system, but when part of the system, like one of these subsystems, lacked the password,  serious challenges would be made to check the veracity of the flaw.

With a system of this kind the basic programs, like word processors, graphics programs, internet etc, would be loaded at first, or later, with these same subsystems and using the same unique built-in passwords. Using this system of built-in passwords would make every computer unique and more difficult to infect with malware. Those malware programs would be forced to operate outside of the operating system and therefore would be easier to identify, monitor and eliminate. When computers were programmed in this way they would still communicate with other computers in the usual way, but their basic system would be isolated and thus protected.

A unique operating system would help ensure personal privacy and security.

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