[ubuntu-uk] Another reason to use Linux ?

Alan Pope alan at popey.com
Fri Aug 10 23:45:29 BST 2007

Hi Caroline,

On Fri, 2007-08-10 at 23:34 +0100, London School of Puppetry wrote:
> Hi there- as a linux user do you mean I don't have to have anti
> spyware or  firewalls- and if I need then what do I ask for and from
> whom?  Are they downloadable? 

There is almost no viruses or spyware/malware to speak of which would
affect a Linux desktop. Some would argue there is enough to make it
worth running an antivirus package on linux, I don't agree with that.

A firewall is always a good idea though. There could be a service
running on your Linux machine (if you installed some server/service)
which may be exposed to the internet without some kind of firewall.
Exposing a service means people can poke and prod it to exploit flaws in
it to gain access to your computer.

I use a firewall on my LAN, well, actually it's an old (Pentium 400MHz,
192MiB RAM) PC running ipcop (a specialised Linux distro). I don't have
the firewall configured on my local laptop or deskop. Some people would

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