Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 16th Feb 2007 21:54 UTC, submitted by hamster
Privacy, Security, Encryption For consumers looking to boost their computers' security, is Vista the way to go? Or can Linux provide greater protection from hacker attacks? In the face of viruses, worms or other breaches, the answer is obvious. "We don't need a survey or study to determine the answer. The answer is universal with those that actually manage these systems," said John Cherry of the OSDL Desktop Linux Working Group.
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my experience..
by naelurec on Sat 17th Feb 2007 03:40 UTC
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I run two networks.. a windows network with security applied (active directory, group policy, etc) and a thin client Linux environment with LDAP/underprileged users/etc..

As security updates come out, I keep both networks up-to-date via central distribution of updates.

Both networks have not caused an issue. I do find I am more concerned about the Windows network and tend to have to do significant more administrative work to maintain updates and write scripts to impliment "workarounds" when a patch is unavailable.

Generally I find Linux/*nix to be more "network/multiuser friendly" in that users can install apps to their home folder (portable), applications expect non-admin level rights so use of low level tools to "fix" apps is non-existant (filemon and regmon on Windows is almost essential in this environment). Vista with the UAC seems far more intrusive than sudo/su/admin prompts on *nix or Mac OS X and "detailed" info on *why* it needs escalated privleges seems lacking.

So while I think in *theory* both can be locked down adequately with existing tools to allow for a relatively safe computing environment, the amount of work to get to that point on Windows far exceeds what is required on Linux (basically installing the system and running with it). I'm slightly interested in trying Vista in a domain to see how many Vista related tools do not operate as expected (there are quite a few "gotchas" in XP where you go in to update something as admin and regular users get prompted after-wards with no ability to turn off the messages (ie msconfig changes for one..)).

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