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Do you use: Linux, Mac, Windows or Other OS
Poll ended at Fri Oct 28, 2011 2:09 pm
Linux 24%  24%  [ 6 ]
Mac 32%  32%  [ 8 ]
Windows 40%  40%  [ 10 ]
Other 4%  4%  [ 1 ]
Total votes : 25
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 6:16 am 
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edearl wrote:
Linux has vulnerabilities, but security updates are frequent and free. Moreover, if one only runs a personal user-id, instead of root (i.e., admin)--normal for Linux users--security breaches are very limited. One can disconnect from the internet to run root, which gives added protection. Any use of root while on the internet should be very limited.

In Debian, I always run everything as a regular user, except I do log in as root in a terminal (konsole since I'm now using KDE) and do installations and upgrades through aptitude. I wonder, would having the terminal open as root while Firefox is also open increase the security risk? Would it be safer to use the non-graphical terminals built into Linux (e.g. CTRL-ALT-F1). Or is it only a security issue if I run Firefox as root (something I would never do).
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 1:02 pm 
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Kyosan wrote:
edearl wrote:
Linux has vulnerabilities, but security updates are frequent and free. Moreover, if one only runs a personal user-id, instead of root (i.e., admin)--normal for Linux users--security breaches are very limited. One can disconnect from the internet to run root, which gives added protection. Any use of root while on the internet should be very limited.

In Debian, I always run everything as a regular user, except I do log in as root in a terminal (konsole since I'm now using KDE) and do installations and upgrades through aptitude. I wonder, would having the terminal open as root while Firefox is also open increase the security risk? Would it be safer to use the non-graphical terminals built into Linux (e.g. CTRL-ALT-F1). Or is it only a security issue if I run Firefox as root (something I would never do).
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IMO as long as aptitude does not have security holes, your upgrade will be safe, but I am neither a hacker nor a security expert. I do the same kind of upgrade on my SUSE system, using yast, and have had a solid system for many years.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:06 pm 
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PC 4eva!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:09 pm 
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PC 4eva!

Yes, no matter what OS thy use:)

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:00 am 
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oh yea, and Windoe 4eva!!!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:47 am 
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It's not as bug free (yet) as some other low resource Ubuntu based distributions so the risk of crashes is probably a bit higher, but I still think it's appropriate to to mention this here:

BODHI LINUX, running on the ENLIGHTENMENT desktop. :) --> http://bodhilinux.com

It's a very minimal distribution that doesn't come bundled with lots of different programs which is nice if you like to decide for yourself exactly which programs to install (you can choose from the Ubuntu repositories using the synaptic package manager).
Also because of the Enlightenment desktop and minimalism this distribution doesn't take up a lot of system resources.

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