[ubuntu-uk] Security on Ubuntu

Caroline Ford caroline.ford.work at googlemail.com
Sun Mar 4 17:50:30 GMT 2007

alan c wrote:
> Think of scattering seeds of weeds on a concrete driveway. The seeds 
> will not flourish. Just like computer viruses and linux.
> Just an experiment to verify this - download a windows .exe file, and 
> in ubuntu, try to run it - click, double click, whatever. It will not 
> run. Even if it was a virus it will not run.
It will if you have wine installed.
> Try a more advanced thing. Download a real linux binary file which is 
> *intended* to be installed - such as the realplayer binary
> RealPlayer10GOLD.bin from the real site:
> http://uk.real.com/player/select/?src=fd_uk_pldl_oos&rsrc=fd_uk_pldl_oos
> When you have downloaded it and saved it somewhere, click on it. 
> double click on it, use it in the run  facility or whatever.
> It does not run. I will leave it as an exercise for the reader to 
> discover how it can be run,  :-)  :-)
If you download an Ubuntu binary package and click on it it will open in 
gdebi, a package installation program.

Caroline (secretlondon)

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