Linked by fvillanustre on Sun 1st May 2011 21:51 UTC
Linux "Qubes OS comes from an elegant concept: if you can isolate functional components within disposable containers, and you can separate those components that can be tainted through their interaction with the outside world from the core subsystems, you stand a good chance to preserve the integrity and security of the base Operating System at the possible expense of needing to jump through some hoops to move data around the system. All in all it sounds like a good proposition if it can be demonstrated to be practical." Read the full review.
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Did it ? I still have to get through two warnings* and give a third-party program or script administrative privileges when installing the vast majority of Windows games and utilities found on the internet, as far as I can tell, even though most of these are totally harmless and could run perfectly well with limited privileges.

The worst is that these warnings are perfectly useless because of how uninformative they are. At the moment where I see a UAC prompt, I have no way of knowing what the privileged application is going to do with its admin rights, and as such am still basically forced to trust it or forget it, with no security added.

As a consequence, I often end up totally ignoring these warnings most of the time, only seeing them as an annoying extra installation step getting in my way, and a reminder of how broken software installation is on many desktop OSs, including Windows.

* "This file is a binary, do you really want to run it ?" and the UAC prompt.

Edited 2011-05-02 13:09 UTC

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