[clug] Old linux distros and support - why I like debian
kim.holburn at anu.edu.au
Tue May 4 01:44:09 GMT 2004
Subtitle: Why I like debian
Someone said something to me the other day which made me go "Huh?"
It was this: "They had a problem with old linnux systems getting
hacked". I thought about this for a while and it's true. Especially
for commercial distros - like Red Hat, SuSE etc. I wonder if RedHat
enterprise or fedora fixes this?
I guess the problem doesn't happen for windows boxes for a number of
reasons. First, windows is not stable enough to go without user
intervention and without crashing for any length of time. Most windows
boxes are desktops so someone uses them or turns them off. Windows
servers seem to need a lot of hand-holding to stay up and running.
An old un-updated linux system can sit around for years - still running
and less and less secure. Then it gets 0wned.
I've seen this on my network a number of times. It is made worse by
commercial distros that time out maintaining security patches and
distros where patching is not automatic or requires some manual
configuration changes. I know SuSE updates used to mess with /etc/
files on occasion and break important things.
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