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Re: Linux and Viruses
I'd say it again if needed. *smile* It was not just blurted out in the heat
of the moment.
That experience should remain in the hands of the developer/s. If you unleash
a product that is self-destructive or one that begs for high maintenance,
you cannot annul that peril and the user is ultimately dissatisfied.
Abstraction, for instance, can be about:
-User does not need to understand "malware"
-User need not be asked to update his/her system
-User can mess about with and execute merely anything without worries
-End user can surf any site across the Net without woe
We indeed talk about "ages ago". The way the Linux kernel gets administered
is different. Don't forget that *nix is intended for some mission critical
tasks like servers and data management:
The only main flaw is forgetting to change the default root password...
The notion of a superuser (Microsoft begin to adopt and embrace it) means
that a so-called "virus" would have to be a malicious script that the user
executes as root and then passes (voluntarily) to 7 most trusted friends
asking to do the same or else bad fortune would come their way.
I remember when I was 14 and I wrote a batch file that would wipe off a
hard-drive. Under the right disguise (filename) it could be invoked by a any
user and not even ask for confirmation or prompt the user with some
indicative warning. It was a 'proof of concept' type of thing. A good system
is difficult to destruct at will, unless of course you have a sledgehammer.
I hope it was explained above. With all sincerity, John, I have a great deal
of trust in Linux. I never have to reboot, update, defrag the drive and this
current machine has served me well for over 2 years. I set up another SuSE
machine at home 3 days ago.
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Re: Linux and Viruses
it should be configured to "automatic" for pre configured systems.
However during software installation it should be an option.
Some would even say that automatic is always bad, now and then it
happens that a patch breaks some functionality (I have seen this happen
on several OSes, this is not a Windows thing, although many people will
jump to this false conclusion), the end user might end up with an
unusable system until a new update is released.
All browsers have had security issues, and will have in the future, so
this is hard to make real.
But the "same" lie was told: RISC OS is safe, there are no viruses. The
OS is very secure, because it is in ROM.
Oh, there have been more in the past. Quite some default *nix
installations were very insecure.
There has been an Administrator in NT for quite some time. At least in
the versions I have been using.
Again flawed reasoning. For sending email there is no root permission
required. My email program certainly doesn't run with Admin rights, yet
I can send email. My Perl script can download from my POP3 box, no Admin
Or an unskilled user. Note that I don't talk about destructive software,
I talk about software that turns a computer into a zombie. This doesn't
need special rights.
And look what I just did :-D.
that's amazing. I update Linux + software often, sometimes very often.
So, eh, you didn't update Firefox... ???
AFAIK NTFS hardly needs defragmentation. Yes, there are better FS
available, but MS (as always) has to struggle a lot with being backwards
compatible. It is amazing how 10 yo software *still* works under XP.
Well, I seriously hope you did update that machine...
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