Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 17th Dec 2011 00:26 UTC
Linux Without corporate backing or advertising, Puppy Linux has become one of the world's ten most popular Linux distributions. In the past few months Puppy has whelped a litter of like systems, each with its own unique DNA. This article summarizes Puppy and then describes the new brood.
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RE[2]: Security
by Dasher42 on Sat 17th Dec 2011 20:53 UTC in reply to "RE: Security"
Dasher42
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2007-04-05

Running as root on Unix systems is anathema for any real use. It subverts the entire model of security and goes well beyond the browser itself. It's what made Windows ridiculously insecure to begin with, and that platform still hasn't entirely shaken the consequences.

Puppy: something to run off of a flash drive occasionally. Look elsewhere for a general-purpose system.

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RE[3]: Security
by KLU9 on Mon 19th Dec 2011 14:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Security"
KLU9 Member since:
2006-12-06

clearly it's anathema, that's obvious from pretty much every post on the issue. But I wasn't asking about emotions. My question was: is there any actual data?

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RE[4]: Security
by UltraZelda64 on Mon 19th Dec 2011 15:13 in reply to "RE[3]: Security"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

No idea, but anyone knows it's insane to always run as root for real work where security is even a slight concern, and for that reason Puppy is nothing more than a toy to them. If you asked a security person to do real-world tests on Puppy to get this data and they'll probably laugh and think you're joking. They'd probably think it's retarded to even do such a test targeting Puppy specifically when there is plenty real-world data to go through on the act of just running as root/admin alone. It's well documented; it's bad no matter what, just because it's Puppy and its users seem to be crazy rabid fanboys doesn't make it better.

Edited 2011-12-19 15:14 UTC

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