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Linux Journal: Will Linux conquer the desktop? Not without Linux Lite

Sep 12, 1999, 17:26 (28 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bryan Pfaffenberger)

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"It's not just a matter of user-friendliness. Security matters too--especially the kind of security that safeguards new users."

"My friendly local network administrator walked in just as I was finishing up my Red Hat 6.0 installation, the day after the software's release. He's a UNIX guy, and I thought he'd be pleased to see users like me making the switch from Windows to Linux. But the look on his face told me otherwise--shock, horror, dread. "Do you know how to configure Linux so that it's secure on a LAN? Which daemons are you running? Are you running sendmail? Do you know how to configure it? Do you have the latest version of bind? Aarggh!"

"A couple of weeks later, I found out why he was so worried. Working at home, and sheltered (or so I thought) by a dynamically assigned IP address, I suddenly realized I wasn't the only person using my computer. I lunged for the power switch, and shut down my system just in time. I thought I had secured my system fairly well, but--as I later discovered--I wasn't running the latest and greatest version of a certain well-known daemon. Admittedly, it was one I probably shouldn't have been running at all. The result? When the script kiddies came calling, they found my front door wide open."

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