Solved Best Internet Security Ubuntu or Fedora?

June 13, 2011 at 12:53:17
Specs: Linux OS
What is better for security for a home that is going to install a Linux system, Ubuntu or Fedora.
I want to install on a desktop with a 1 TB hard drive a Linux OS. What are the pro's and cons of security such as hacking, firewall and virus(if any) for the systems.
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#1
June 13, 2011 at 14:13:16
The security depends on how you configure the OS. Either one can be made secure.

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#2
June 13, 2011 at 17:30:39
Thanks I will have to read up on both, and then see.

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#3
June 13, 2011 at 22:44:33
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JFD64,

Ubuntu basically provides an open-source alternative to Windows. Its level of functionality is comparable to that of Windows, and it installs like a charm.

Fedora focuses more on the latest in free and open source software like that of the business Red Hat Linux.

It is rather challenging for a virus to infect a Linux machine, though. However, it does happen. USB drives are great for passing viruses from one machine to another.

Personally, I have used Ubuntu and Mint for about 3 years and never had a virus or any malicious software. There are several AntiVirus programs available for Linux distros. You would have no problem selecting one.

Ubuntu and Mint (my favorite) provide a very pleasant OS alternative, however, they have its similarities to Windows, and the transition to them IMO is very smooth.
You will enjoy whatever distro you select.

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#4
June 13, 2011 at 22:52:59
'It is rather challenging for a virus to infect a Linux machine'

People that make viruses tackle the big boys...they couldn't care less about the linux, ubuntu, etc...

Stick with windows, there is ALWAYS a logical solution!
Much has to do with surfing habits, it doesn't matter what OS you have, if you are not surfing wise...you will always be plagued with problems.

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#5
June 13, 2011 at 22:55:53
Hey thanks, I'll check out Mint too. I see it listed a lot on distro sites. Thanks for your response.

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#6
June 14, 2011 at 09:00:08
You may just enjoy Mint!! ;-)

Linux is for the open minded who are not affraid to think out of the box. All the distributions offer you a variety of choices, and, there is plenty of support in the Linux forums, particularly for the top distributions. Have never had a Linux issue that was not resolved with the support that is available in its forums.

A tidbit if trivia...A few years ago there was an interview, on one of the prime TV channels, of a person who created malware, and then decided to go straight. Well, would it suffice to say that the bad guys use Linux themselves? ROFL!!

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#7
June 16, 2011 at 05:53:16
Definitely going to try Mint! I like the forum idea to learn anyways. Yes, I was reading how the Defense Department at the Pentagon only and only uses Linux, as they consider it the most secure.
I like to always know who uses what and it then takes away the hype Madison Ave. selling of the software manufacturer to give you real world examples. If DOD prefers
Linux over Windows and they invented the Internet well...

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#8
June 16, 2011 at 09:19:44
Yes, that is true. Had a friend who worked at the Pentagon, and we used to 'talk Linux'.

Malware creators normally pick vulnerabilities, and Windows seems to offer them a smorgasbord!!

Enjoy whichever distro you decide to use. You might even want to try more than one!! Even, dual boot!!

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