How secure is linux mint?
How secure am I using Linux Mint and Chrome to browse the internet?
Description : What are the chances my system will be compromised in any way?
Answer : You are secure....just update your system regularly
Ubuntu or Linux Mint?
Description : I'm new to linux and am wondering which the two is: 1) More stable. 2) More secure. 3) Better looking. 4) Customizable.
Answer : Essentially they are the same. Linux Mint is Ubuntu with extra features preinstalled software and a more user friendly intertface (GUI) Ubuntu is more versatile in my opinion and encourages the user to put their individual stamp on the installation The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) http://www.howtoforge.com/the-perfect-desktop-ubuntu-9.04 The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint 6 (Felicia) http://www.howtoforge.com/the-perfect-desktop-linux-mint-6-felicia LUg.
I'm having problems getting online my mother's wireless internet using Linux Mint.?
Description : I just started using Linux Mint on my Toshiba Laptop, but I immediately noticed I could not connect to my mother's WPA secured wireless network. At first a simply hard restart of the wireless router (Unplugging the power cord for 10 seconds) would do the trick and I could connect, unless the computer was shut down or I logged off. Now that isn't working anymore and I cannot find a forum or help section for Linux Mint. Can anyone please help me?
Answer : Here is the Official Ubuntu Wireless Documentation (also applies to Linux Mint) Cards Supported https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/WirelessCardsSupported Troubleshooting/Howto/General https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/WiFiHowTo In the event of your Wifi card being unsupported you can use Ndiswrapper Here is the Official Ubuntu Ndiswrapper Documentation https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/Ndiswrapper Linux Mint friendly Wifi cards http://www.linuxmint.com/wiki/index.php/Linux_Mint_friendly_Wifi_cards LUg.
Linux live cd for extra security has anybody given any thought to that?
Description : I have been thinking on my next round of computers when all my HDs die this time I may just run live CDs. on all my boxes. I am running linux mint now with no problems but got to thinking how much more secure it would be done like this I can download to a flash drive when needed. it would save me the expense of new HDs has anyone given any thought to such a thing mine are all home use net browsing and such. I imagine security would be better this way also. any thoughts pros cons anything I may not be thinking about thanks guys probly DSL, linux mint and knoppix 3.3 are the OSs I am thinking on using for this purpose
Answer : Excellent security! Two drawbacks I can think of though. 1) Speed. The computer will be quite a bit slower running off of the optical drive. 2) File storage. Pretty good chance there may come a time when you want to store something. With hard drives being so inexpensive I would install at least one distro to the hard drive. You can still boot off a live CD and run from that even if you have Linux installed to the hard drive. I've used Linux Mint and it ROCKS! Knoppix is the BEST rescue DVD I've ever seen!
Do I need to secure vista running in a virtual machine?
Description : I'm running Linux mint 9 and I installed vista on a virtual machine (Sun VirtualBox) to run some applications because wine can be a pain in the a**. Do I have to worry about rootkits or anything compromising my (non-virtual) system? I really don't feel like fiddling with windows security atm. -The VM will be connected to the internet. Edit: Would saving the original state/take a snapshot help?
I think Linux is a trick?
Description : its better than windows in every way.how can it be free?is it less secure? is somebody watching me right now?something does not add up. also it it true that linux is copied from windows? also if this turns out not to be a scam,i am using mint 8 right now, what advantages are there to moving up to mint 9. thank you
Answer : No Linux is not a trick, and there are no viruses on Linux making it a lot more secure than windows. the cons for Linux is comparability issues with programs and games. But nowadays you can run almost any program and quite a few games with "Play on Linux". Also my personal recommendation of a Linux Core would be Ubuntu check it out at www.ubuntu.com .
Clean hard disk + virus/spyware?
Description : I'm worried about viruses/spyware on my machine. I want to wipe the hard disk completely to make sure it's clean before installing Linux Mint...is there a best way to do it to make sure it's completely clean and secure? Your help/advice is much appreciated.
Answer : The simplest way is to use something like KillDisk to erase and overwrite the disk before you install Linux Mint. You don't have to do this, but it is safer to ensure that any viruses are wiped to avoid complications in the future. KillDisk link below...
How can I use what i described below to get a job as a systems administrator?
Description : I am a pc gamer looking for a job as a system administrator. My skills are building pc's to run high performance and non high performance games (on desktop and laptop computers) such as starcraft 2, counterstrike, quake, unreal tournament. I know how to install operating systems on machines and secure them with the most sufficient anti-virus software for protection while backing up my data on hard drives and external hard drives. I've used windows xp, windows vista, windows 7, linux- ubuntu, mint 7, fedora, red hat as well for testing of the games. During my spare time i research on whats going on in the computer world in terms of what hardware and software is coming out to where it could benefit not only my needs but others as well. My question is, out of everything i've just explained. How can I use my skills and knowledge to get a job as a system administrator?
Answer : You can't. Not that you can't become a system admin, but nothing you listed would even remotely qualify you to get even an entry level system admin position. I would suggest first deciding what type of system you want to administer, Windows - Windows Admins are a dime a dozen. Linux - Harder to learn but more $$$ UNIX - Even Harder to learn but $$$$$$$$$$$$ I saw an entry level Linux Admin job on craigslist not to long ago starting at 80k! Thats entry level! There will be more positions in Windows because more people run it, which opens up Normal size businesses with there own networks. Super Huge companies, ISPs, Many data center and hosting companies run Linux/UNIX. MOST of the internet servers out there are UNIX based. As well as a lot of things you wouldn't think of. I work on cell sites and the equipment there all runs UNIX. When there's hardware that doesn't have an excuse to get rebooted all the time or can almost never be powered down, it'll probably be running UNIX of some sort. Keep in mind on the Admin side of Linux/UNIX there will most likely not be a GUI, It ain't gonna be Ubuntu or OpenSolaris. Your ass in gonna be in a terminal most of the time, you really gotta learn stuff inside out. If you want a high paying position, that won't be threatened by every idiot that comes out of school that's willing to do your job for less money (not that that doesn't happen in all jobs to a point) I go middle ground and say Linux. Get RedHat Certified. There's links on there website for training. I'd also suggest if you go that route to start getting used to it now, RH is extrememly expensive but you can install CentOS which is 100% RHEL just with the logos and support removed.
Laptop can connect hardwired to my router, and wireless to other access points, but not wireless on my router.?
Description : Here's my network setup: Chinese branded DSL modem (We're on Chinese ADSL) Dynex wired router. ASUS RT-N12 Wireless Router flashed with DD-WRT firmware. LG X-Note computer running Windows Vista Premium Korean Edition (my wife's laptop) Acer Aspire 5515 running Linux Mint 11 (my laptop) Samsung Galaxy S Smartphone, non-rooted. Here is the problem. The modem is a dumbmodem, so when the ISP technicians came to set up our internet today, they set up a PPPoE dialer on my wife's laptop, connected her to internet, and left the login credentials on a piece of paper for me to set up the rest of the network when I got home. When I got home from work, I did so, using the Dynex router to maintain the connection, as it will be the one handling the non-secured connection. The wireless will be perpetually connected to VPN soon, which is why I flashed my wireless router firmware to DD-WRT. As soon as I entered the credentials, it pulled an IP address, and I was on the internet. I then connected to the wireless router, and it works also. Enter my wife's computer. When she connects to the access point, it tells her she's connected, but then only locally. She pulls an IP to the router (validly), but neither accessing the internet nor pinging the router works. Her Galaxy S phone works with the wireless as well. I even ran a Linux Live CD on her laptop, connected wirelessly there, and was able to ping the router as well as surf the internet. I then restarted the computer back into Vista to find the same errors. I then hardwired her to the router, and she is able to connect through there. The router is encrypted with WPA2 Personal, with TKIP. I verified the settings in her computer as much as I can, but still, she is unable to connect wirelessly. Right now, she's ok connecting hardwired, but the obvious best case would be if her wireless would work. Her settings are set to DHCP, I'm not sure why this is not working, but again, it's hard to know because I don't know enough Korean to work with her computer. But if someone has an answer through what I could do in English Vista, I could tell her, and we could get this done. So any help? And I'm pretty sure if two other devices are on the network wirelessly, it is broadcasting.
Answer : Make sure it is broadcasting!
Is slackware any good?
Description : So I'm a new Linux user trying on different Linux OSes to find the best fit for me. I have a pretty solid background in computer science and relentless patience and I figured it would be a good use of my resources to convert to a much more secure OS. So far I have tried Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Mint. So far Kubuntu is my favorite (mostly due to the familiarity of the desktop environment). So I went out looking for another distro to try on and slackware caught my eye. From what I hear it's the oldest supported distro and values simplicity. I just wanted to know if there was anything in particular I should know about it before I give it a try. Thanks in advance! Recommended section: Games & Recreation > Board Games
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