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How secure are Linux, Window and Mac OS?

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How secure is your favorite operating system? In a time where OS fanatics battle each other on what OS is the best, security is often one of the turning points of discussion. Windows is the cheese amongst the operating systems, filled with holes. Linux is the secure fortress that only the most skilled hackers can take and Mac OS X is the sturdy but not often attacked system. Are these assumptions true?

In this article I will be comparing the vulnerabilities listed on Secunia and assessing how serious they are. I will compare the 2.6 Linux kernel series, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003 (Enterprise edition) and Mac OS X. The reason why I don't just do Linux, Window and Mac is that Microsoft finds it necessary to create a gazillion version of their OS, each with its own security holes. So I will deal with the three most common versions of Microsoft Windows.

Let's find out what operating system is the most secure.



You’ll be pleased to hear that there’s a good reason why it’s so hard to find an anti-spyware program for Linux: the threat from spyware is far smaller when using Linux than when using Windows.

Because of the way Linux works, it’s far harder to create spyware that can get at your personal information.

That’s not to say it can’t happen.

What about Linux spyware?.

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today's leftovers

  • DRM display resource leasing (kernel side)
    So, you've got a fine head-mounted display and want to explore the delights of virtual reality. Right now, on Linux, that means getting the window system to cooperate because the window system is the DRM master and holds sole access to all display resources. So, you plug in your device, play with RandR to get it displaying bits from the window system and then carefully configure your VR application to use the whole monitor area and hope that the desktop will actually grant you the boon of page flipping so that you will get reasonable performance and maybe not even experience tearing. Results so far have been mixed, and depend on a lot of pieces working in ways that aren't exactly how they were designed to work.
  • GUADEC accommodation
    At this year’s GUADEC in Manchester we have rooms available for you right at the venue in lovely modern student townhouses. As I write this there are still some available to book along with your registration. In a couple of days we have to a final numbers to the University for how many rooms we want, so it would help us out if all the folk who want a room there could register and book one now if you haven’t already done so! We’ll have some available for later booking but we have to pay up front for them now so we can’t reserve too many.
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    A Kickstarter campaign for the Niryo One, an open source 3D printed 6-axis robotic arm, has more than doubled its €20,000 target after just a couple of days. The 3D printed robot is powered by Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and Robot Operating System.
  • Linux Action Show to End Eleven Year Run at LFNW
    Jupiter Broadcasting’s long-running podcast, Linux Action Show, will soon be signing off the air…er, fiber cable, for the last time. The show first streamed on June 10, 2006 and was hosted by “Linux Tycoon” Bryan Lunduke and Jupiter Broadcasting founder Chris Fisher. Lunduke left the show in 2012, replaced by Matt Hartley, who served as co-host for about three years. The show is currently hosted by Fisher and Noah Chelliah, president of Altispeed, an open source technology company located in Grand Forks, North Dakota.