... it's this kind of attitude that I see all the time that will keep Linux from realizing it's full potential.
And before some smart ass sugests that I check the MD5, I do that immediately after I download files.
What about .desktop files? Do you make a habit of downloading files to your desktop and opening them from there? This too is an avenue for malware. Not much of this has been seen yet, but there is a venerability there and I expect to see more of it as Linux becomes more popular. You should be especially wary of this if you download stuff from dodge sites...
Fred wrote:Once I have my desktop set like I want it I set the ownership of the desktop folder and the autostart folder to root and read only so you are forced to save it somewhere else and nothing can get in the autostart file that I don't want there. This helps but doesn't completely solve the problem.
Secondly the stability is shocking.
Been used to windows, i was able to find a way and remove (most of it anyway) the virus.
I think the easiest way to explain it would be to refer you to a couple urls...
ex-windows wrote:When i started using linux i was promised that linux was more stable and was resistant to viruses.
On monday 9-3-2009 i got a nice little virus on my linux mint 6 computer. What it does is it opens up thousands of windows in firefox. You cannot close firefox faster then it can reopen it. And it opens up about 1000 copies of firefox with numerous firefox tabs been opened every second.
Fred wrote:.. To me Linux becoming a cheaper, safer, dumbed down, main stream, commercially competitive, mass market, clone of Windows or Mac is an undesirable goal.. Shear numbers of users should not be a standard or measure of success.
Fred wrote:Technological progress and technical excellence should be the [Linux] goal, therefore "full potential" will never be reached.