Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th Mar 2008 20:39 UTC, submitted by irbis
Privacy, Security, Encryption "An Apple Mac was the first victim in a hacker shoot-out to determine which operating system is the most secure. A former US National Security Agency employee has trousered USD 10000 for breaking into a MacBook Air at CanSecWest security conference's PWN 2 OWN hacking contest. The MacBook was lined up against Linux and Vista PCs - which have so far remained uncracked. Nobody was able to hack into the systems on the first day of the contest when contestants were only allowed to attack the computers over the network, but yesterday the rules were relaxed so that attackers could direct contest organisers using the computers to do things like visit websites or open email messages. The MacBook was the only system to be hacked by Thursday. Miller didn't need much time. He quickly directed the contest's organisers to visit a website that contained his exploit code, which then allowed him to seize control of the computer, as about 20 onlookers cheered him on. He was the first contestant to attempt an attack on any of the systems." There is more bad news for Apple: "If you have Apple and compare it to Microsoft, the number of unpatched vulnerabilities are higher at Apple." Update: The contest is over. Vista got hacked using Adobe's Flash, Ubuntu was left standing.
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RE[3]: Hmm
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 28th Mar 2008 23:14 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Hmm"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Why don't you face reality , there is no common distribution. Your comment amount to another person saying that Toyota are the only cars because they are the most common on is street where they live and the most shown on there TV channels ...


Get over yourself. They only have one computer to equip with Linux, and only one distribution to run on it. Ubuntu is the most popular, whether you like it or not.

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RE[4]: Hmm
by DeadFishMan on Sat 29th Mar 2008 22:03 in reply to "RE[3]: Hmm"
DeadFishMan Member since:
2006-01-09

"Why don't you face reality , there is no common distribution. Your comment amount to another person saying that Toyota are the only cars because they are the most common on is street where they live and the most shown on there TV channels ...


Get over yourself. They only have one computer to equip with Linux, and only one distribution to run on it. Ubuntu is the most popular, whether you like it or not.
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Well, to be honest Mollinneuf was somewhat correct when pointing out that the EeePC has been very successful and probably is about to turn Xandros THE layman Linux distro. Ubuntu has a large mindshare within geeks and earlier adopters and the fact that ShipIt will send free CDs free of charge to whomever asks for it certainly has something to do with it but I still think that you're jumping the gun a little when saying that Ubuntu is Linux for all intents and purposes. It isn't for me and for a lot of people that I know (and I DO know personally lots of Linux users, mind you!)

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RE[5]: Hmm
by sbergman27 on Sat 29th Mar 2008 22:43 in reply to "RE[4]: Hmm"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Well, to be honest Mollinneuf was somewhat correct when pointing out that the EeePC has been very successful and probably is about to turn Xandros THE layman Linux distro.

The distro that the eee pc (I have one) is based upon is Xandros. It is not Xandros itself. It is thoroughly consumerised and appliancised. So it is questionable whether it is at all accurate to say that the eee pc runs Xandros. And does it really matter what OS an appliance runs anyway? Until you install a real OS, the eee pc really is just an appliance.

When I got mine, the first thing I did was install Ubuntu. I've since moved it to Fedora 8, not because I was unhappy with it, but because I wanted to get all my machines running the same distro.

I would wager that most of the eee pc's out there are either still running as appliances, or are running, as real laptops, with something that isn't Xandros.

And I'll bet that a lot of those are eeebuntu or Ubuntu.

Edited 2008-03-29 22:45 UTC

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RE[5]: Hmm
by TLZ_ on Sun 30th Mar 2008 09:49 in reply to "RE[4]: Hmm"
TLZ_ Member since:
2007-02-05

Ubuntu has large mindshare among geeks? The geeks I know regard Ubuntu as african for "Can't install debian".

Actually, the only non-geeks I know that actually use Linux at home are always using Ubuntu. The Eee PC maybe gaining ground, but at least here in Norway Ubuntu us definetely the most popular distro. Espescially among non-geeks.

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