Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 3rd Feb 2011 22:25 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes In this series of OS News articles, I've described how to refurbish mature computers. One useful technique is to run multiple operating systems on a single computer. This retains the benefits of the existing Windows install and couples it with the advantages of open source software. This article explores different techniques to run multiple operating systems on one computer and discusses their benefits and shortcomings.
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Not necessarily malware-free
by GeorgesBraque on Fri 4th Feb 2011 01:02 UTC
GeorgesBraque
Member since:
2005-07-07

"One big benefit to Live CDs is that you're guaranteed a malware-free OS."

Just for the record: If the Live CD or Live DVD image contains malware (e.g. by malicious design), then this is not the case.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

"One big benefit to Live CDs is that you're guaranteed a malware-free OS." Just for the record: If the Live CD or Live DVD image contains malware (e.g. by malicious design), then this is not the case.


For the record: If the Live CD or Live DVD image is made from open source it can be verified. If it is verifiable by anyone and widely distributed then someone somewhere will verify it, and "blow the whistle" if they find it to contain malware (or indeed anything at all which it shouldn't).

Outcome: If the Live CD or Live DVD image is made from open source and it has been widely distributed for some time, there is a very high assurance that it does not contain malware.

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GeorgesBraque Member since:
2005-07-07

Outcome: If the Live CD or Live DVD image is made from open source and it has been widely distributed for some time, there is a very high assurance that it does not contain malware.


I whole-heartedly agree. However, "probable" and "possible" are not the same thing. Bad things happen when we assume we are safe, and malware creators bank on that.

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