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ConsAreLiars Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-10 03:02 AM
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6. A third would be security.
There are three reasons.

Unless the user is informed enough and suicidal enough to override the defaults, any change to the OS requires entering a password first. This was designed in at the beginning since as derivative of Unix it was a networked world it was created for, long before the Web, and allowing any of the networked machines to take down whole or part of the system was not acceptable.

Linux is rarely targeted, partly because it is a small portion of potential targets, but also because it is much harder to design attacks against. The last big new really nasty targeting Siemens devices controlled within a Windows OS relied on known vulnerabilities that had not been fixed.

Linux Mint 10 at least uses both a firewall and an iptables blacklist, and although the firewall is not on by default the interface for Firewall configuration is presented to every user as part of the "Control Center" and basic menu. When set to On and Deny, it means that the probes used by Gibson Research do not even find a machine, much less an opening. (If I'm a bit off on any of this, always glad to learn more.)

I assume other distros intended to be usable by novices offer the same security.
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