8.04 still a fine version

Robert Holtzman holtzm at cox.net
Wed Apr 7 19:12:40 UTC 2010

On Wed, 7 Apr 2010, Karl Larsen wrote:

> On 04/07/2010 01:35 AM, Basil Chupin wrote:


>> 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
>         Exactly!

You either don't have any sensitive information in your home directory 
or you run backups at least every day.

Bob Holtzman
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