Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 5th Feb 2006 17:10 UTC
Features, Office One of the biggest reasons for many people to switch to a UNIX desktop, away from Windows, is security. It is fairly common knowledge that UNIX-like systems are more secure than Windows. Whether this is true or not will not be up for debate in this short editorial; I will simply assume UNIX-like systems are more secure, for the sake of argument. However, how much is that increased security really worth for an average home user, when you break it down? According to me, fairly little. Here's why.
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by postmodern on Sun 5th Feb 2006 17:44 UTC
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2006-01-27

Come on people you can do better than that. OK first off UNIX, or as we call it *nix, is a program of sorts governed by the laws of Computer Science. That is to say we can analyze it and prove things about it. The most technical thing the author mentioned about *nix was /home and how user files are stored... Never mentioned MAC, DAC, chroot-jails, inetd.conf, trip-wire/AID, rootkits, privelage escalation, IDS, connection tracking packet filters or SELinux. Truth really is *nix has been hacked at for ages, it's a desirable challenge, and to coup with this challenge the security community developed some pretty good counter measures. The question should be, do home users have an appropriate amount of countermeasures in place to combat current security challenges. So next time you write an article arguing a "fact" of another OS (that isn't Windows) how about do some research, bring up examples and prove your point instead of waving hands and making generalizations.

Edited 2006-02-05 17:47

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