Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Aug 2008 00:05 UTC, submitted by sonic2000gr
Linspire Xandros has announced the end of Linspire. The company says that it had too many for-pay distributions running around in the company portfolio, so one was bound to be cut. Linspire didn't make it. "Xandros purchased Linspire, the company, earlier this summer. This week, the company announced that it was going to revamp community distribution Freespire, basing its next version on Debian instead of Ubuntu, and using it as a precursor for Xandros Desktop Professional, in much the same way Red Hat uses Fedora and SUSE uses openSUSE. But the company didn't need multiple for-pay desktop distributions, so Linspire is getting the boot."
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Mage66
Member since:
2005-07-11

You must be using Windows and IE... Wont work on Linux. hahahaha.


That was a "troll-like" reply. Using Windows and IE to access a website is no excuse to deliver a trojan payload to users.

How can one switch from Windows to a Linux Distro if the website of the distro is unfriendly and actively hostile.

Grow up guy!

Windows owns the PC world. You might not like it, but being a butthead about it, doesn't change anything. And it especially doesn't make you appear to be very bright.

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MamiyaOtaru Member since:
2005-11-11

It's not like Mint decided to give a trojan to people who dared visit their site with IE. They had nothing to do with it (aside from their lax security measures): someone hacked the site.

"Our server was hacked and code was injected into it to make connections on our behalf to pinoc.org and download a trojan called JS/Tenia.d

For more information about this trojan: http://us.mcafee.com/virusInfo/default.asp?id=description&virus_k=1...

If you visited linuxmint.com in the last two days we recommend you scan your computer to make sure this trojan isn’t present. As this attack exploited vulnerabilities within our PHP code we took the opportunity to clean it all and secure every single page against injections in the future. Linuxmint.com is now clean and secure but we experienced almost 20 hours of downtime and we lost almost 2 days of work into fixing this.
"

Obviously it's a bit of a black eye for them to have their site hacked, but it's not the same as maliciously delivering a trojan to Windows users. Grow up yourself.

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Mage66 Member since:
2005-07-11

No, it's not a black-eye for LinuxMINT at all.

What I think is great, is that they fixed it as soon as they found out, and sent out an apology email to everyone who reported it.

They also posted the issue on their blog.

That's honesty and transparency and I think that proves that the LinuxMINT folks are brave and truthful.

Good on ya!

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