Closure of a previous question and new questions on system security apps...
ff809 at ncf.ca
Thu Jan 11 00:51:37 UTC 2007
Closure first on my previous thread. I solved the hosts file problem by wiping
the install and reinstalling using the linux rather than the expert entry line.
Worked like a charm. Sudo (and its variants) work as they're supposed to, when
they're supposed. Internet connection sets up properly, and all menu choices
work as they should.
Now, as to questions on systems security apps. I'm running v5.10 and have
upgraded my Firefox to version 2. I've pulled in a debian edition of the
anti-virus program I've used for the last year or so on my windows setup, and
have a trio of likely candidates to investigate for a firewall application. I'm
looking for a good data backup solution to cd-rw, and an anti-spam application
along the lines of the spampal program I've been using over on my windows setup.
Having said all that I can just hear all those Linux purists on the list getting
ready to trot out the flames and put downs that I'm some kind of windows drone
to think the great and glorious OS needs such programs. Nothing could be further
from the truth. I'm just practising a little enlightened self-interest in
protecting myself. Spam is still going to show up in the inbox regardless of
which OS hosts it, and we all work on electronic equipment that can be damaged
or fail at inopportune moments so it would seem prudent to have the important
files kept safe off-system. While the first two utilities may not have much to
do YET there are certainly those scum balls who will try the door and it makes
perfect sense to post a guard. What makes no sense is to suggest any of these
programs will NEVER be needed simply because we use Linux
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