Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 24th Jun 2013 03:00 UTC
Linux I volunteer as tech support for a small organization. For years we relied on Ubuntu on our desktops, but the users didn't like it when Ubuntu switched to the Unity interface. This article tells about our search for a replacement and why we decided on Xfce running atop Linux Mint.
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RE[2]: Partition lock-down
by Kochise on Mon 24th Jun 2013 12:17 UTC in reply to "RE: Partition lock-down"
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Wasn't my first Linux install, had Ubuntu (from 7 to 10) without any problem and Fedora (which Anaconda's default behavior was to aggregate my ext3 partitions altogether, thus destroying my Ubuntu install and messing my MBR).

Tried Linux Mint 13, was pleased by the system, but was restrictive as hell :

The system partition (32 GB ext3) had the system installed on it, the swap partition (4 GB swap) and the data partition (200 GB fat32) had nothing on it, it was just purposed to store... guess it : data !

When I wanted to open/copy files on the DATA partition, Linux Mint shouted at me that I don't had enough privilege (as root !) to access it. And it's an offline ARM cross development PC.

I'm a geek though, but I do not expect to have to fine tune somewhere in the system the access to my DATA partition freshly formated of my newly installed system.

Security ? Paranoia !

The installation went pretty straightforward though, so imagine my frustration, and consider the newbie's, when you cannot use you locked down -"for security reasons"- computer.

It's Linux, the malwares and security holes aren't supposed to mirror Windows' ! So what's the point ?

If I quit Windows not to fight malwares and security holes anymore, it's not to find other flaws to chew on. If Linux cannot hide its "secutiry" behind the hood and had to put your nose into configurations files to "feel the power of the security by restrictive accesses" then I'm gonna quit immediately.

This is madness !


Edited 2013-06-24 12:28 UTC

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