“Just like the OpenSSL Heartbleed security hole, once you look at the code, the problem leaps out at you. But, if you don’t look, it just hides there in plain sight. Open-source security only works if you actually read the code.
What’s even more annoying, this only works if you’ve encrypted your system partition. Yes, by doing the smart thing of using encryption, you’ve actually opened the door to this attack. Fun!”
See Major Linux security hole gapes openI’ve worked with IT since the 1960s. I’ve seen systems that fell down just idling. I’ve seen systems that were insecure by design. Their creators just didn’t seem to care. I’ve seen systems that were made to get you. Their creators wanted to own your soul. I’ve also used FLOSS. They are secure by design. Their insecurities tend to be inadvertent and occasional. My GNU/Linux system doesn’t have 50K bugs like M$ used to ship… Is it 100% secure? Nope. That’s not possible in the maze of software we run on a desktop system today. However, for the cost of $0 and my time to configure it the way I want, Debian GNU/Linux is a great bargain and far superior to That Other OS with its superb
integrationsuperhighway for malware. If GNU/Linux is this good with so few eyes on it, imagine how good it will be when it takes over the world. GNU/Linux is still growing so that will happen sooner or later.
We’ve been here a while – search
- 2015 - Year of the GNU/Linux Desktop
- market share
- renewable energy
- small cheap computers
- smart phone
- Solo EV
- that other OS
- thin client
- thin clients
My MissionMy observations and opinions about IT are based on 40 years of use in science and technology and lately, in education. I like IT that is fast, cost-effective and reliable. My first use of GNU/Linux in 2001 was so remarkably better than what I had been using, I feel it is important work to share GNU/Linux with the world. Now that I'm retired I still use GNU/Linux on every computer in my home except the smartphones which run Android/Linux.
Lately, I've been giving lots of thought to the world I inherited and which I will leave to my descendants. I'm planting grass, trees, flowers and vegetables in my large lot and I've ordered a Solo EV. I plan to charge my Solo by means of a tracking solar array. Life is good if you have a purpose. I do.