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Old 06-20-2013, 02:02 PM   #31
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Please don't use that "particular" involvement against me (i'd like to keep those things private as it it will always cause confusion).
I did not direct to you personally, open comment.

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It never changed my view on Slackware and never will.
How would what we are discussing change your view or opinion about Slackware?

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I politely disagree here.
Not every "knowledgeable Slackware user" is capable to read code.
I am sure there are exceptions. A knowledgeable Slackware user does not mean that user is proficient in code. While I would lean that most do some form of coding or edit of code in some form. You can harden the system by using guides (trusted);
Cooking Up Some Slack. (CUSS) <- LQ Post 'Cooking Up Some Slack (or CUSS) is a website that explains how to make your own Slackware®-based distribution.' + Additional read if you want to use Slackware® 12.1 or >.
system-hardening-10.2 <- Improve the security on Slackware systems, old but should be a guide that is usable. Be sure to read the included warning.

Hardening HowTos - <- System protecting HOWTOs'
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It's always about trust.
Trust is earned by moral ethical actions of integrity or confidence in another that prove to be true and not openly transferred or discernible when something is unknown.

Trust is a learned condition from experience with another! That is how I feel one will earn my trust by having a positive, respectful experience with others. That does not mean that if someone opposes my point of view that trust will be lacking. I can have a good/bad experience with someone who is polar opposite and still trust that same person after they have shown trust is deserved.

"Wisdom is only found in truth."-Goethe

"It is one of the most beautiful compensations in life…that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It takes a strong person to be ethical, for ethics are standards you may decide to follow even when others do not agree. Unless you are completely in control of your life and have a great deal of discipline, you cannot be ethical.” - Deng Ming-Doa

A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education. - G. B. Shaw

"Life's tough...It's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne
BTW, to be clear, I am not calling anyone stupid. John Wayne's quote does apply when that person is stupid;
stupid is as stupid does
It means that an intelligent person who does stupid things is still stupid. You are what you do.
Old 06-20-2013, 03:01 PM   #32
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I have to say that LQ people are pretty stable. On many other forums these type of hot button topics would end in people being banned.

So to answer the OP. Yes, linux can be and is being attacked from all sides. My opinion is that NSA would be far down on your list of issues. Automated crooks have thousands of computers running day and night trying to hack into accounts, phish for data and data mine. They search unprotected or poorly protected unix, linux and windows systems each second. These crooks and bad guys (your choice) also may have very special exploits never before published.

How long ago did the server for kernel get hacked?
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