8.04 still a fine version

accessys at smart.net accessys at smart.net
Wed Apr 7 13:13:10 UTC 2010


On Wed, 7 Apr 2010, Christopher Chan wrote:

> Date: Wed, 07 Apr 2010 16:38:14 +0800
> From: Christopher Chan <christopher.chan at bradbury.edu.hk>
> Subject: Re: 8.04 still a fine version
> 
> On Wednesday, April 07, 2010 03:40 PM, Johnneylee Rollins wrote:
>> <snip>
>>> I am not a security expert either but what makes Linux 99.9999% more
>>> secure than the "other" [ugh!] is that to do any damage to the system
>>> one has to execute a program as ROOT - this is what the OP really meant
>>> by the reference to 'password and name'. If some malware does get thru
>>> and somehow gets activated then the only damage it may be able to do is
>>> only to whatever is the user's HOME directory; want to do anything
>>> outside your own HOME directory you need become root (using sudo for
>>> example) and then also provide a password.
>>>
>>> BC
>>>
>>
>> Personally, I think that personal data is a lot more important than
>> system files. system files can be replaced easily.
>>
>
> Oh yeah, we need a desktop mentality here, not a server mentality eh?

we need an "all of the above" mentality, there are server maintainers, 
desktop users and others on this list.

Bob



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