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