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Why Linux is Better

Postby dequire on Thu Nov 05, 2009 4:46 pm

A great resource that I just found. Enjoy!


http://www.whylinuxisbetter.net/
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Re: Why Linux is Better

Postby DrHu on Thu Nov 05, 2009 8:45 pm

Well, its the general "use Linux because..", and in that it is fine

I think there are better sites, detailing the Linux experience, and understanding it can be better than other OS choices (features vs costs); and not just because Linux has been free.
    There are paid for versions (commercial products) that people who need a certain type of support are willing to buy.
Except, I would not recommend Linux for junk (read old computers) and expect great performance: that used to be a selling point for Linux vis-a-vis Microsoft's various OS versions, as a business case.
--I doubt that can any longer be the case, it's time has passed
    In that, I would treat Linux as it should be treated: that is, as a modern OS as competitive with any Windows OS as is Apple's OS/X
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Re: Why Linux is Better

Postby Superewza on Sun Nov 08, 2009 9:30 am

That's the point though, at it's highest end it can easily compete, but there are other distro's. Tiny Core, Slitaz, DSL... Puppy for instance.
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Re: Why Linux is Better

Postby reaZon on Sun Nov 08, 2009 6:49 pm

linux is better because you can get fancy with what you can do with it.there is no limits.your are limited only by the time you devote to learning.
that's why i love linux.sometimes only booting it can get adventurous :D .
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Re: Why Linux is Better

Postby ArcherSeven on Mon Nov 09, 2009 12:14 am

http://archerseven.com/HQ/articles.php?article_id=3 <check that little article out. Wrote it a while back ;)
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Re: Why Linux is Better

Postby jonegomes on Sat Jan 02, 2010 5:05 am

Actually yes linux is better than windows and I said I don’t get viruses because not a lot of people use Macs, Duh. I didn't say it wasn't possible. I just meant out of the year I have had Macs. I never got a virus and I DON’T have norton anti virus for Mac.
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Re: Why Linux is Better

Postby linuxviolin on Sat Jan 02, 2010 12:17 pm

jonegomes wrote:Actually yes linux is better than windows and I said I don’t get viruses because not a lot of people use Macs, Duh. I didn't say it wasn't possible. I just meant out of the year I have had Macs. I never got a virus and I DON’T have norton anti virus for Mac.

:shock: No virus/malware problems on Mac? Are you kidding? Maybe in the old times but not now.

Some examples:

http://blog.trendmicro.com/bogus-snow-leopard-update-sites-lead-to-dns-changers/ : "Bogus Snow Leopard Update Sites Lead to DNS Changers"
http://blog.trendmicro.com/more-mac-malware-in-the-wild/ : "More Mac Malware In The Wild"
http://blog.trendmicro.com/mac-os-x-dns-changing-trojan-in-the-wild/ : "Mac OS X DNS-Changing Trojan in the Wild"
http://newsletters.trendmicro.com/servlet/formlink/f?lgLQWWUB : "Threat and Cybercrime Trends: Mac’s Apple Has Been Bruised—Spotlight on Mac Threats" (a little quote: "Mac is the next mountain to scale and cybercriminals are rapidly scrambling to the top.")
http://newsletters.trendmicro.com/servlet/formlink/f?lgLQWWUY : "Security Spotlight: Top Four Mac Threats of 2009"

........................

It is clear that the threats are growing for MacOS X because the platform is gaining interest in the area of malware writers and distributors.

A lot of people think they are safe by using MacOS X alone and up to a certain level it is true but they don’t see the whole picture. Most malware can only be executed on Windows platforms but we have to be alert.

I think it is a matter of time before we see the first real malware distributions targeting MacOS X users. If that happens, I expect a high level of infected machines because most MacOS X users don’t have any security software installed, yet.


Also interesting:

The fact that there was no secure OS was again reiterated. This was proven by the presentation on “Runtime Kernel Patching on Mac OS X,” from which I gathered:

Runtime kernel patching has been around for almost 10 years and is a technique frequently used by various rootkits to subvert the kernels used in many modern OSs.

This technique does not require any type of kernel modules or extensions and will allow you to hide various things like processes, files, folders, and network connections by modifying the kernel’s memory directly. It will also allow you to place various backdoors in the kernel for privilege escalation

http://blog.trendmicro.com/defcon-las-vegas-2009/, a post about DefCon Las Vegas 2009 (DefCon originated in 1993. It was a meant to be a party for the members of “Platinum Net,” a Fido protocol-based hacking network out of Canada. At present, it has become one of the oldest-running and largest hacker conventions around. This year’s DefCon was held at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from 30 July–02 August.)

Also about Quicktime:

4. Apple QuickTime

Apple released versions 8.2 of iTunes and 7.6.2 of QuickTime this summer to address a series of vulnerabilities, mostly in QuickTime. The iTunes vulnerability was a stack overflow issue in parsing URLs that could lead to a DOS or arbitrary code execution. No fewer than ten QuickTime vulnerabilities have been identified in which viewing certain malicious content could crash the program or lead to arbitrary code execution. Most of these vulnerabilities affect both Windows and Mac versions.

(quote from http://newsletters.trendmicro.com/servlet/website/ResponseForm?mgLEVTTC_TCUB_zLJNkpmR_zihmspnom)

I have also a French magazine, GNU/Linux Magazine/France (Hors série n°32 - Sept/oct 2007), exclusively on virus and danger on Unix, GNU/Linux and Mac OS X... There are 82 pages!

"You can also consult a site like http://www.packetstormsecurity.org/ to measure how many, day after day, appear many critical vulnerabilities for SunOS, GNU / Linux, Unix, Mac OS X... which are in probability less often corrected than in Windows due of some laxity by the user."

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Re: Why Linux is Better

Postby linuxviolin on Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:37 am

(Just to add some information to my last post here, here is a copy of my post from here)

Just a new information about malwares/virus in Linux:

Pretty much every Linux user thinks they're immune to viruses, but they're wrong. Just recently, malware was found hidden inside an innocuous-looking Gnome theme from a reputable site. Users who installed the theme also got several scripts installed as root that were designed to attack internet targets, but it could easily have been much worse.

You see, the problem with thinking that Linux is immune is that sooner or later, something like this happens

(Thursday February 4th 2010)
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