Originally posted by scott666patters
i was pretty much just wondering the advantages of using linux over xp, some of they ways they can be set up. the differenses betweet them. basicly anything i can learn about them and present.
any help or a link would be GREAT because i have been searching for some time now and cant find very much. thanks alot
You've got a lot to do in such a little time, which is why we "laugh."
However, the fact that you're searching, asking, and looking is good.
I want to give you just a little bit of "Linux over XP" information, and
opinion. When you install XP, unless you really know what you're doing,
you only install accounts with Adminstrator priviledges. This means that
the person logged in (or an attacker who overtakes your comp) can
execute any program on the computer, change any file, change any
password, or do anything they desire. Did you setup another user who
has less priviledges on your box?
When you install Linux, you create a normal user account for everyone
who will use the box, and always login as the normal user. These users
can only modify files located in their /home/<username>directory, which
keeps them pretty harmless. If your root (super user, i.e. Administrator)
password isn't weak, you'll probably never have to worry about someone
destroying your box because they happened to hack it while you were
logged in as "Administrator."
Second, the way virii, worms, and trojans are written - there is virtually no
risk to a Linux system, because of the way it is designed. I've recently gotten
some of these worms which come as an attachment called "document.zip"
and such. I've opened them on my Linux system, looked at their "code" and
then deleted them - with no harm done to my system. It's nice not to have to
pay for anti-virus software, update it daily, scan the system...
I just thought that perhaps you might take a Knoppix Linux Live CD
to class and boot one of those Windoze boxen with it. Then you can
mount your Windoze drive and see all that data in there. Read that
page and you'll learn a little. Knoppix is a complete Linux OS and
tons of free software, which runs from the CD using ram memory
and never even touches the hard drive. When you're through, just
logout and you can shutdown or reboot, it will eject the CD, and
the hard drive and Windoze system will remain totally unchanged.
With a Linux Live CD you can demonstrate
to the class what you
are presenting. Let's see one of your classmates do that. This alone
should give you about 20 points on your grade - you'll be considered
so clever, informed, and prepared. ;-)