Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 8th Jun 2005 08:43 UTC, submitted by george
Debian and its clones A configuration mistake in the new Debian Linux distribution has forced a fix less than 24 hours after the software was released. "New installs [of Debian 3.1 from CD and DVD] will not get security updates by default," said Debian developer Colin Watson in an e-mail warning. Installations from floppy disks or network servers were not affected.
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What's the fuss ...
by MacTO on Wed 8th Jun 2005 14:41 UTC

I noticed a message regarding this "dangerous security flaw" a few hours ago, and really must ask what the fuss is. Unless something has changed in 3.1, you have to manually check for updates. So this one commented out line is a moot point for people who never check for updates.

Not to mention it is easy to fix. While a new Linux user may be scared off by such minor changes, Debian is not the sort of distro I would recommend for a someone intimidated by computers. There's always Ubuntu or BeatrIX for that (both based on Debian).