[ubuntu-uk] Security on Ubuntu

alan c aeclist at candt.waitrose.com
Sun Mar 4 18:29:07 GMT 2007

Caroline Ford wrote:
> 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.

Ah there is a message there somewehere!   :-)

>> 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.

Whoops thanks. I am a kubuntu user and in kubuntu nothing happens - on 
my install anyway. IIRC the (gdebi) package installation program 
actually asks you if you want to install (?)
alan cocks
Kubuntu user#10391

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