Linux.com: ..with Linux Installed?Apr 29, 2000, 19:31 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeff White)
"Having Windows pre-installed with the average computer doesn't bring about as strong a concern to me as having Linux pre-installed. It is easier to determine whether or not Windows was altered in order to harm the integrity of the system (oxymoron?) whereas Linux has an infinite array of sensitive files and configurations making it much more difficult to detect any malicious configurations."
"The idea of having Linux and related software installed and configured on a new computer that I purchase brings to mind a few points that should, perhaps, be considered for it has both its advantages and disadvantages alike."
"An obvious disadvantage to the consumer would seem to be trust. How many avid Linux users would seriously trust and use a Linux machine configured and installed by someone beside himself or herself? Who is to say that no one file, out of thousands upon thousands, have been altered in order to cripple the integrity of the system? Installing some trojan binaries can't be as difficult as it sounds and would most likely be transparent to the system operator."