Installed Vector Linux
, a Slackware-based distro especially useful for older machines (which is def what I have). Doesn't seem to run as fast as when I had Feather Linux
, another light-enough-for-oldies distro. I'm guessing that one major reason for the difference in responsiveness is the fact that Vector uses XFree86 as its X server, while Feather gives a choice of either (but only) Xvesa or XFbdev, both supposedly very lightweight servers.
I would like to give Xvesa a try (I'll come back later for some tips on how I might go about doing that
), but I came across this warning
, "Xvesa runs untrusted code with full privileges, and is therefore a fairly insecure X server. Run at your own risk.
" which has given me reason for pause.
Is this server indeed much riskier to use than XFree86? If I have a firewall and/or separate router/gateway thingie will that afford me reasonable protection from the nefarious? Is there any not too tricky trick I can do to counter its security weaknesses?
Not like I'm super paranoid or anything, just trying to be careful and look before I leap/install...