Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Oct 2010 22:33 UTC, submitted by sawboss
In the News "The Russian state plans to revamp its computer services with a Windows rival to reduce its dependence on US giant Microsoft and better monitor computer security, a lawmaker said Wednesday. Moscow will earmark 150 million rubles (3.5 million euros, 4.9 million dollars) to develop a national software system based on the Linux operating system, Russian deputy Ilia Ponomarev told AFP, confirming an earlier report in the Vedomosti daily." Right. I guess this has absolutely nothing to do with this. Want to buy a unicorn?
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RE[2]: cold war
by f0dder on Thu 28th Oct 2010 07:45 UTC in reply to "RE: cold war"
f0dder
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2009-08-05

Wasn't the worm specific to buggy *siemens* software?

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RE[3]: cold war
by Panajev on Thu 28th Oct 2010 09:09 in reply to "RE[2]: cold war"
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2008-01-09

Deploying a custom OS based on Linux makes sense for security purposes if you do dedicate resources to configure it properly, to learn what its code does, and to keep it up to date over time.

OSS software blindly installed does not guarantee 100% security if you do not take the time to look over its code, understand how it works, how to harden it, the importance of patching it regularly, etc...

Still, if even a bit of that money goes into more Linux technology research and development, the OSS community will benefit.

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