Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Sat 19th Jul 2008 19:01 UTC, submitted by cypress
Linux Linux and UNIX-like operating systems in general are regarded as being more secure for the common user, in contrast with operating systems that have "Windows" as part of their name. Why is that? When entering a dispute on the subject with a Windows user, the most common argument he tries to feed me is that Windows is more widespread, and therefore, more vulnerable. Apart from amusing myths like "Linux is only for servers" or "does it have a word processor?", the issue of Linux desktop security is still seriously misunderstood.
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BluenoseJake
Member since:
2005-08-11

Run windows as a normal user, and it becomes much more secure. That's the real difference between Windows and Linux security, especially with Vista and UAC. It stops most malware dead in it's tracks.

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RHCE07 Member since:
2007-12-08

The problem is applications written are designed for a user to run as an 'administrator' in Windows.

The biggest problem is Microsoft is going to have to work with the vendors to write applications to work with all of their functions as a regular user.


I have been using Red Hat since 6.0 Professional version they had back in 1999 or 2000. However it has taken me many of years to really get a good understanding of how a Linux distro actually works. I am still learning new skills on a weekly basis.

The design of a Linux based distro is more secure in the fact you do not run as root. You can modify the sudoers file to allow 'sudo' access however you can set it to require a password.

I do not think Windows will be able to overcome the problems with applications requiring administrator access until they enforce the applications coders to code it correctly.

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

"The design of a Linux based distro is more secure in the fact you do not run as root. You can modify the sudoers file to allow 'sudo' access however you can set it to require a password.

I do not think Windows will be able to overcome the problems with applications requiring administrator access until they enforce the applications coders to code it correctly."

It's not the design of Windows that is at fault, it is the defaults. They should have been changed a long time ago, and UAC is the first step. It's not going to happen over night, because MS unfortunately values backward compatibility too much.

I've been running Windows as a normal user since NT, and it may be tricky sometimes, some times it can be a real PITA, but there hasn't been too much I haven't been able to get working.

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tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

The problem is applications written are designed for a user to run as an 'administrator' in Windows.


Wrong problem. That was true of Windows XP, but not Vista. Users don't run as 'administrator' by default, in Vista.

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netpython Member since:
2005-07-06

Unless you want to game online and the ani-cheat software forces you to run as admin or you can't game.

I'm sure people can come up with more scenarios.

Would be nice if third party people would better integrate their software with least privilege in mind.

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wrocic Member since:
2008-07-10

Most users just click OK anyway

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casuto Member since:
2007-02-27

UAC: Most users just click OK anyway


the same users will put their passwords in linux when a sudo prompt appears...

Edited 2008-07-21 14:47 UTC

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