Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Jun 2008 08:12 UTC, submitted by stonyandcher
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Recently we've seen the releases of both Ubuntu 8.04 'Hardy Heron' as well as Fedora 9 'Sulphur', to mostly positive reviews. PCWorld Australia decided to pitch these two popular Linux distributions against one another.
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RE: Ubuntu is better for me.
by apoclypse on Tue 3rd Jun 2008 13:13 UTC in reply to "Ubuntu is better for me."
apoclypse
Member since:
2007-02-17

You usually don't need an antivirus app for Linux (or for OSX for that matter, just don't run Safari). If you are adamant about getting one then there are a couple in the repository. The best one imo is clamav because they update regularly, the downside is the awful UI. The easiest way to install it since you don't seem to be all too familiar with Ubuntu is to open add/remove programs and do a search for virus scanner. Check the box on the left and it should be good to go. Note it will slow down you startup a bit (not by much though) but its added a new startup process so you may notice your startup taking a bit more than usual.

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mnemonics Member since:
2006-04-21

or for OSX for that matter, just don't run Safari

In a world where unauthorized remote access to OS is getting harder, it's well known that the trend is to use cross-plateform application as an attack vector (firefox, flash, VLC, "you-name-it"...).

Could you please give an example of a real threat (no proof of concept) concerning Safari that haven't been patched already ?

Sure enough, Safari is no more bullet-proof than other web browsers, but please explain how it is more insecure than say firefox ?

AFAIK Firefox users are not safer than Safari users...

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mnemonics Member since:
2006-04-21

The fact that some coward modded me down for no reason clearly demonstrates my previous statement is correct! ;)

Thank you anonymous coward !

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apoclypse Member since:
2007-02-17

There were a couple of reports about bugs in safari that could give hackers access to the OS. I like safari but I don't trust, after all the first jailbreak for the iphone used a simple buffer overun to access the iphone internals from the browser (using a tiff image).

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chemical_scum Member since:
2005-11-02

You usually don't need an antivirus app for Linux (or for OSX for that matter, just don't run Safari). If you are adamant about getting one then there are a couple in the repository. The best one imo is clamav because they update regularly, the downside is the awful UI.


Clamav like all Linux antivirus apps is primarily directed against Windows viruses. You only need it if you are running a Linux mailserver or fileserver for Windows clients.

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