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Old 08-20-2003, 09:54 AM   #1
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Best Antivirus for Redhat9, and what is Xfree86


Hello

any one know that viruses can attack on linux llike microsoft os.
and is there any free antivirus software availble for redhat 9 , and some detail how to install and configure that.

what is Xfree86 , is that available in default linux or once should install and configure. and what is benefits.

what benefits to udate kernal and what can be problem after upgrading kernal


thanks
 
Old 08-20-2003, 11:14 AM   #2
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i know that linux is less prone to viruses than ms, but its not perfect. i dont know of any antivirus software, but you really shouldnt need any.

xfree86- the x window system. basically, the graphical part of the os, (as opposed to text (console) mode)
 
Old 08-20-2003, 11:17 AM   #3
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mobassir--

viruses are not a problem in linux the way they are in windows. windows viruses (like the recent blaster virus) can't do anything to a linux system. even if you happen to open a file with a windows virus, odds are it will do no more damage than simply take up space. viruses for linux exist, but due to the inherent permissions system in linux (i.e. you can't do lots of things unless you are root), they are much harder to write and can't do as much damage (generally speaking). also there's A LOT less viruses for linux than there are for windows. a lot of linux users don't even use an antivirus program at all.

that being said, it can't hurt to get one. this is especially true if you're regularly trading files with people who have windows. you don't want to accidentally send them a virus because you didn't realize it was sitting on your system. i use f-prot, which is a basic command line application that can find and identify windows and linux viruses. it's available for free from www.f-prot.com.

other users prefer other antivirus programs (or run multiple ones). i don't know anything about those, but i'm sure that other people will let you know their preferences.
 
Old 08-20-2003, 12:24 PM   #4
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All I can say is that I would advise you to install antivirus software, and a firewall. It's good to be paranoid - it's what keeps us alive ...excessive paranoia on this front is the word of the day . If you want to read more about Linux viruses, there's a thread about it in the General forum, I think, that has been floating around for the past week...

XFree86 is an X server, and it is useful to install it if you want to run a gui - you probably already have it installed.

Upgrading the kernel is optional, the main benefits are more compatibility with hardware. A good guide to compiling the kernel can be found somewhere in this site, I think as a sticky on the slackware forum, if I'm right...
 
Old 08-21-2003, 06:35 AM   #5
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how can i check which Xfree86 version i already have installed and i have to only upgreat it or will have to remove old and then can do new installtion.
and aftre new installtion of kernal or Xfree86 what happend with my application i have installed like, amsn, mplayer, codec, tk/tcl, xine, xpde, yahoo, etc

thanks
 
Old 08-27-2003, 02:05 AM   #6
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The latest release of XFree86 is 4.3.0.
is it steble and bugs free or should i downlad any old steble release.
and same about Kernal

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