I have been using a pre-release version (Wheezy) of Debian GNU/Linux on my PCs for months with great satisfaction. How is that possible with hundreds of known bugs in the repository? Simple. The repository holds many thousands of packages and I have only a couple of thousand installed. The odds are in my favour. In fact, if you filter for “ignore bugs not in Wheezy” and “base system”, the bug-count is only 26:
If one counts all the packages I have installed, it’s probably less than 50. Eat your heart out, users of that other OS, because M$ thinks it’s OK to release with 50K bugs and little or no security… The strength of Debian GNU/Linux comes from being open about bugs, sharing information and inspiring confidence in the software.
On Lose ’98 security (BackOrifice):”
According to the cDc, the program, when installed, will reveal all cached passwords, create shares hidden to the user and reveal the passwords of existing shares, start programs, shut down programs or upload and download files. It also makes itself mostly invisible in that it does not appear on the list of running programs accessed when CTRL+ALT+DEL is pressed the first time.
Microsoft’s press release on the subject does not inspire confidence. Especially the part where it claims that “Microsoft takes security seriously”. The part where it advises users to follow safe computing practices has a special irony when it appears that the Back Orifice program does not do anything that the Windows 95/98 operating system was not designed to do. Some experts consider that Windows 95/98 does not have any real security and that this was what the program was intended to highlight. Microsoft claimed that “BackOrifice does not expose or exploit any security issue with the Windows, Windows NT or the Microsoft BackOffice suite of products. “