Re: Viva le Same! Linux

Subject: Re: Viva le Same! Linux
From: Kevin McLauchlan <kmclauchlan -at- chrysalis-its -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 17:17:54 -0400

On Monday 30 September 2002 16:48, John Posada wrote:
> >Microsoft is working hard to find ways of reducing the
> > time between a patch being available and most users
> > getting it applied.
> shoot...I know that..don't send out software that needs
> it in the first place.

Can't really be done, unless you happen to be "Mr. Perfect".
Obviously, it can be done BETTER than Microsoft has
historically done it. (Anybody remember Lily Tomlin as
the telephone Operator on Laugh-In?
"Snork, snork! We don't HAVE to care, sir. We're the Phone
Company. Snort!")

But, I'll bet that Andrew's point was not that the software
(Windoze or Office, or whatever) is easy to secure at the
source, but rather that it is the USERS who fail to take
easy and reasonable steps that they would have to take
with Linux software anyway, to achieve security.

Note the word that went around this weekend about a
vulnerability in PDF readers on Linux/Unix platforms.
It will be fixed, and the fix distributed within days, but
the defect is there, and it's not a Microsoft flaw.

Linux is more secure, defacto, because:
a) it's a smaller, lower-profile target... so far
b) it's generally, historically more hands-on, so that users
tend to take more interest and responsibility for what
goes on inside.


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