Defending Against Viruses [Was: letter]

Mon May 31 10:46:29 EDT 2004

I'll ditto on that. Our company made a descision to use Linux in our
factory, and so I was dragged kicking and screaming to Linux, now I'm
very glad I did. I run Mandrake 10.0, the install was seamless and gui
driven. The office app's are fine (and free,, the
scientific app's are great and free, try scilab at as a
free matlab replacement (there's a windows version too), used it last
week to calculate possible cap values on the output side of the audio
xformer in my Viking II I'm just finishing up. Mozilla has email and
browsing nailed (free). The more I use it the more I like it.

Havn't tried any of the ham app's yet, do you have any links doc?

Larry, kz0e

doc wrote:

> Chris Trask wrote:
> >>Considering all the hacker mischief floating around, you'll have
> >>to be a LOT more informative on the subject line and the body of
> >>your message if you want your email read. I'll let somebody else
> >>be the guinea pig.
> >>That's a general suggestion, too. I've deleted large numbers of
> >>emails that probably were perfectly OK because of this. That's
> >>not paranoia--just caution.
> >>Avery W3AVE
> >>Potomac, Md.
> >
> >You probably missed my posting that I made just a few minutes ago.
> >We have a new intrusion on the server.  That posting of "Please
> >read the document" was not sent by me.  We'll probably see a few
> >more of them in the next few days.
> > Chris
> For Hams who are into innovation I have a suggestion as to how
> one might individually neutralize the constant plague of viruses
> coming directly and indirectly through Ham discussion lists.
> If your Internet PC runs a version of Linux (I use Suse 9 Pro)
> instead of Microsoft Windows then you have little to fear.
> Most of the bad stuff out there is written to specifically
> take advantage of weaknesses in Microsoft code, a chronic
> problem across Win95, Win98, 2000, and XP.
> Generally speaking the various viruses will not execute on a
> Linux machine and if so motivated one may even open them and
> look at the code without harm. (There are rare exceptions and
> Linux virus protection apps are available to kill those.)
> Linux is the operating system of choice on a huge percentage
> of small and medium size servers across the world because
> the code is written with inherent security protections.  It
> is vastly easier to lock-down against attacks.
> There are hundreds of Ham-related Linux applications (most
> are freeware) and Linux (at least Suse 9 Pro) includes
> common applications that are compatible with and equal to
> similar apps on a Microsoft machine (e.g. web browser, E-mail
> app, news reader, word processor, spreadsheet, presentation
> app, with thousands of others available free via download).
> Most Linux distributions (there are many) are available free
> via download, inexpensively via many companies who provide
> legal CD copies, or reasonably priced from the source company,
> online, or in stores in a boxed set that includes manuals
> and tech support.
> Just thought y'all might want to know -- you have a right to
> be angry with Microsoft for porous security and the authors
> of the "attack code" -- but there is something you can do
> about it!
> --
> Thanks! & 73, doc kd4e
> West Central Florida
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