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Project: re-write "security" statement

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The Linux from Windows page section on security is inaccurate.

Quite clearly I know little about software security (Gnu/Linux or otherwise). As brought forward by comments on another thread and numerous others on the web (as I could read), we need to re-write this.

Please remember that we are looking at safety from the point of view of Joe User (everyday web browsing and work use), not things like server use or advanced computing.

Do you have propositions to re-write this given paragraph? Please bring your contributions forward for all to read and improve upon! When we agree on something, I'll correct the page.

I look forward to read your proposals!

Olivier.

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re: Linux security statement

These are excellent links, thanks!
While I am struggling with time and working on other parts of the website, I just slightly moderated the statements in the Linux from Windows page.
I noticed from the stats that this particular page attracted a lot of traffic from stumbleupon, with, I suppose, a lot of controversy.

In the meantime, if someone can suggest some more appropriate wording (based on the above reading), feel free to step forward. =)

Olivier.

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re: security statement

So. Now the statement goes

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Security.
Dump your costly anti-virus licenses. Linux is very safe.
It is often difficult for Windows[R] users to believe that there are no spyware and almost no viruses under Linux - but it's true. Gnu/Linux is built in such a way that it's incredibly hard for a malicious program to do anything at all.
If you keep your system up to date, unless you are into very serious networking, you won't need an anti-virus or a firewall.

Any remarks? Could we say this more accurately?

Olivier.

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You still need a firewall to

You still need a firewall to be safe while connected to the Internet.

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Well if you ask me that is

Well if you ask me that is fine. Firewall would be cool, but even without it I feel pretty safe and haven't yet experienced any compromises, even after I've got a faster and more stable connection and am online most of the time.

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Maybe regarding the firewall

Maybe regarding the firewall one should mention that it is inbuilt into the kernel (via iptables | don't use these words, they don't sound very newbie friendly!), so there is no need to buy any extra firewall programs as one does on Windows.

Other than the part that mentions a firewall I think the passage is great.

dylunio

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re: security - firewall

So, maybe,

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If you keep your system up to date, unless you are into very serious networking, you won't need an anti-virus or an additional firewall.

would this fit better?

or maybe

Quote:

an anti-virus or a standalone firewall

I would share libervisco's opinion: I've only used Linux for a year, but I've been online most of the time doing all kinds of "normal" surf, download and email. I've never used a firewall or an antivirus and have been all fine. I extended my experience to "all normal users", but of course this needs moderation.

Olivier.

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Quote: If you keep your
Quote:

If you keep your system up to date, unless you are into very serious networking, you won't need an anti-virus or an additional firewall.

That sounds great - nice, simple and clear. Smiling

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excellent: done. Thanks

excellent: done.
Thanks very much!

Olivier.

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