Ubunto 8.10 and AVG 7.5.51

NoOp glgxg at sbcglobal.net
Fri Mar 20 18:12:15 UTC 2009

On 03/20/2009 10:45 AM, Dotan Cohen wrote:
>> (non-AV-isn't needed on linux folks)
> I'm sorry that it came out like that.
> I have moved over 20 people from Windows XP / Vista to Fedora and
> Kubuntu.  About half wanted antivirus installed. While I do believe
> that there is a place for antivirus software in Linux, a home user
> using it to protect his system from malware is not the place.
> Currently, there is no malware (in the sense that Windows users use
> the term) for Linux desktops. That _will_ change. But when that day
> comes the types of antivirus currently available for Linux will not
> protect against it.
> If the OP is configuring a mailserver, then by all means install
> antivirus. It would be irresponsible not to.

JFC on a pogo stick! When will folks realize that there *IS* a good
reason for some people to install an AV on a linux system in certain
environments. Further, when will people on this list stop the "you don't
need an AV" when someone/anyone asks a question about the installation
of an AV program. You/we have no idea what the OP's reason is to wishing
to install AVG, nor should we care; the OP ask a question regarding an
installation, he/she didn't ask anyone's opinion whether it is
necessary. Here, let me repeat the OP's entire post:

> I just downloaded AVG 7.5.51-a1423 and I can't get working correctly.
> I know I need to get license number but this is only the free ver so 
> where do I get that from.
> terminal window output 
> AVG7 Anti-Virus command line scanner
> Copyright (c) 2007 GRISOFT, s.r.o.
> Program version 7.5.51, engine 442
> Virus Database: Version 269.19.5/1228  2008-01-16
> Previous registered license number: 70FREE-TX-IB-P1-C01-S139FC-327
> Enter license number:

Nowhere in there do I see a question asking anyone's opinion if he needs
to install AVG, do you? Yet your electron wasting reply was:

> You don't need that here :) Welcome to the real world!

Your statement "a home user using it to protect his system from malware
is not the place" is absolute nonsense. I *am* a home user, I have
dual-boot windows systems, I share files with windows systems, I use
Samba, and I *do* AV scans of partions, drives, and remote machines.

Further, with BitDefender I also do incoming AV scans of Evolution
(linux) emails on certain accounts - yes BD provides instructions &
scripts on how to do those sorts of things - as quite often the emails
tend to get forwarded to windows users.

Now *please* get off the harping on whether a user (home or otherwise)
should, or should not use an AV (or any other program) on *their*
system! They are free to use whatever the hell *they* decide to
install/use on *their* system.

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