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The Duke of URL: Trustix Secure Linux 1.2 [Review]

Mar 02, 2001, 07:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Daniel Christle)

[ Thanks to Patrick Mullen for this link. ]

"Trustix, headquartered in Oslo, Norway, aims to be the leader in Linux eBusiness Systems Management Solutions for small and medium sized businesses. Therefore, Trustix has three core business products: Trustix Secure Linux, Trustix XSentry Firewall, and Trustix Xploy Linux Server Administration Suite. In this review we will be focusing on Trustix Secure Linux which provides the foundation for the other products. In a later review we will focus on Trustix XSentry Firewall."

"Trustix Secure Linux is a distribution that has one focus and one focus only - to provide a server distribution that is secure. There are no frills with this distribution. When you install Trustix, you very quickly realize that you are on the business end of the server. There is no GUI, nor are there any real configuration tools. What you get is very close to a traditional UNIX server."

"According to the FAQ on Trustix's web site, Trustix works from the philosophy that it is easier to know what to install, rather than know what needs to be removed. By default, Trustix has no services running, thus relying on the system administrator to activate the services required in the operation of their server. This philosophy is counter to many of the distributions that are on the market today. Most distributions come with almost all services activated by default, relying on the user/system administrator to close down unwanted services."

"One of the most notable differences between Trustix and other distributions is that there is no X Window system installed. They hold the opinion that, on a server, a GUI would only waste valuable CPU cycles, memory, and disk space. This would detract from the effectiveness of the server. This is something that many seasons system administrators would agree with. After all, why install something that only hinders the operation of a critical business system?"

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