Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Feb 2016 11:04 UTC

Over the weekend, news broke that Linux Mint's servers were compromised, and ISO images were replaced by compromised versions with a backdoor. Everything was made public, and int responded in the only way they could: disclosure, site taken down.

Sadly, it turns out that Linux Mint has somewhat of a bad name when it comes to security.

To conclude, I do not think that the Mint developers deliver professional work. Their distribution is more a crude hack of existing Debian-based distributions. They make fundamental mistakes and put their users at risk, both in the sense of data security as well as licensing issues.

I would therefore highly discourage anyone using Linux Mint until Mint developers have changed their fundamental philosophy and resolved these issues.

Let's hope this issue raises a number of red flags for the Mint team so they can start to take steps to better the situation.

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I found this out from Amazon searches
by benali72 on Mon 22nd Feb 2016 18:41 UTC
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I run Mint and discovered the Mint servers were missing when I tried to do a search on Amazon through the Firefox search box. Apparently Amazon searches go through the Mint servers first and since the Mint servers were down this stopped the searches from working with the browser message: UNABLE TO CONNECT To

While I appreciate Mint needs to make referral money, this shows that there are costs to having an unnecessary server dependency.

As of 1:30 pm EST Monday Feb 22, this search still doesn't work.

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