[clug] Old linux distros and support - why I like debian
mbp at samba.org
Tue May 4 01:49:13 GMT 2004
On 4 May 2004, Kim Holburn <kim.holburn at anu.edu.au> wrote:
> 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.
Interesting point. On the other hand, I hate that Debian packages ask
configuration questions during installation. It means that you cannot
count on doing unattended upgrades.
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