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Security Portal: Secure Linux Distributions

Jan 17, 2001, 07:59 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kurt Seifried)

"If there is one question I hate, it's "Which Linux distribution is the most secure?" followed by "Which firewall is best?" People ask these questions in all innocence, and very few realize the complexity behind them. If I'm in a bad mood I'll usually say, "Whichever one works best for you with the fewest problems." While essentially a correct answer, it is mostly useless.

"To actually answer the question properly, I usually need to spend the better part of an hour asking the other person questions: what their requirements are, how much they can spend, what the current installation has, and so on. After getting this information I can usually make a recommendation; sometimes the answer is clear, and other times it isn't too clear."

"The point is that you cannot directly compare many security products. While they may look the same at first glance, they are often designed to solve completely different problems. This is the case with three new "secure" Linux distributions."

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