the.angel.gabriel at rogers.com
Wed Jan 22 14:48:51 EST 2003
> This goes without saying. The real world issue with this is that most
> people operating systems are NOT competent admins, and the "ease of use
> bar" being somewhat higher in Linux, has the consequences of making the
> average Internet-connected Linux box a tougher target that the average
> Internet-connected Windows box. The open source world _seems_ to be more
> aware of vulnerabilities due to peer pressure, community communication like
> this and "geek chick".
not to be a big troll (is that the right term?) but one thing i'm always
worrying about with my linux box is being hacked... something i never had to
worry about running windows. this isn't because windows is somehow "more
secure" (gods know it isn't), but rather that windows is less of a target
because it isn't much of a prize to hack if it's just a desktop box belonging
to "joe sixpack" so he can surf for his porn. linux boxes mean the
possibility of a spamserver, or a warez server, or just a remote shell to use
as a stage for an attack. windows machines just don't have this capability,
and like it was mentioned above, often don't come with any services enabled.
therefore, you're less of a target.
most windows users have no idea what a firewall is and really don't need one,
wheras the first time i tried linux (suse) i was hacked inside of a week...
you're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism
that you can't face reality. wrong is wrong, no matter who says it.
- malcolm x
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