Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Nov 2006 10:55 UTC, submitted by Jean Claude
Linux French députés' offices will be equipped with a Linux operating system and open source productivity software. There will be 1154 French parliamentary workstations running on an open source OS, with OpenOffice.org, Firefox and an open source email client.
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RE: Great news :)
by Isolationist on Mon 27th Nov 2006 11:55 UTC in reply to "Great news :)"
Isolationist
Member since:
2006-05-28

From a selfish point of view, I have enjoyed many years of using GNU/Linux without the hassle and fear of malware. My worry is that if GNU/Linux becomes increasingly popular on the desktop, then we can expect to see more malware targeted at GNU/Linux. After all, nothing is perfect.

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RE[2]: Great news :)
by el3ktro on Mon 27th Nov 2006 13:00 in reply to "RE: Great news :)"
el3ktro Member since:
2006-01-10

I totally agree. I'm on Linux _only_ for several years now, but personally, I don't want Linux to replace Windows - I'd be happy if "we" had a market share big enough to get recognized by hardware vendors and some software companies, but a market share small enough for Linux to remain "ours". Well I hope you know what I mean. Linux should just be one respected OS amongst others (Windows, Mac OS, BSD etc.). It should just be well balanced amongst those systems (and hopefully Windows will die out sometimes in the nar future, so we have only UNIX-like OSes left, which makes all the OSes heterogenous but still compatible at the same time ;-) )

Tom

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RE[2]: Great news :)
by angryrobot on Mon 27th Nov 2006 14:43 in reply to "RE: Great news :)"
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2006-04-26

Hopefully the design of the Linux system will make it harder for malware authors to get their wares to work. I think the ubiquity of Windows has given people the mistaken impression that all platforms are equally susceptible. Fortunately, that's not true.

I guess we will revisit that once Linux gains enough market share to either prove or disprove this theory. My vote is disprove.

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RE[3]: Great news :)
by hal2k1 on Tue 28th Nov 2006 03:24 in reply to "RE[2]: Great news :)"
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2005-11-11

//Hopefully the design of the Linux system will make it harder for malware authors to get their wares to work.//

If one has a policy of "install applications only from the distribution repositories" then there will be no malware on the machines at all.

Guaranteed.

We are talking open source here. How does any author write an open-source malware application? Anyone and everyone can see the source code!

The phrase "open-source malware application" is an oxymoron.

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RE[3]: Great news :)
by wannabe geek on Mon 27th Nov 2006 17:13 in reply to "RE: Great news :)"
wannabe geek Member since:
2006-09-27

Some interesting links on this topic:

http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2005/01/linux_security_1.html

http://techtics.iblogzz.com/2006/04/18/why-linux-is-more-safe-than-...

http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1884318,00.asp

My take: The most important things about a security model are:

1) That is easy to understand, so that users can actively keep their systems secure. Security is the last thing you want to automate.

2) It should be strictly imposed on all user applications. No exceptions, no excuse.

These two requirements are much better met in Unix-like sytems than in Windows.

And, if the OS is a Free/Open Source one such as GNU/Linux, you get a huge bonus: Lots of FOSS applications in centralised repositories, which are inherently safer than proprietary, closed-source applications scattered throughout the internet.

The key to security, I think, is never needing antiviruses and other pattern-oriented, attacker-centered applications. Once you need them, you are lost. It's a bit like fighting a rat infestation by chasing rats with a stick: It's much better to keep the house clean and the food locked, so that rats have nothing to eat.

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