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The GNU/Linux "Chicken Little" Syndrome

Jan 24, 2010, 14:02 (4 Talkback[s])
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"You know the type. The technical reporter that tries to do something on GNU/Linux, cannot figure it out and thus states to the planet the equivalent of Chicken Little saying, "The sky is falling!", regarding GNU/Linux. We see them over and over coming back to the same point, "Until GNU/Linux solves [insert the technical reporter's failure to do something here], it won't be ready for prime time." What a crock of compost.

"....I have come to appreciate and accept this. After all, it is highly unlikely that a zero day exploit would be found that could crack my Mandriva system from a user-space application, like we see happen so often on Microsoft systems. The default security in a GNU/Linux system makes creating a zero day exploit that can "pwn" a GNU/Linux desktop system slightly less difficult than a single person being the first to find the next Mersenne Prime[1][2] with pencil, paper and an abacus."

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