[linux-elitists] Comprehensive list of Linux malware
Karsten M. Self
Thu Dec 9 18:10:32 PST 2004
on Thu, Dec 09, 2004 at 08:21:48PM -0500, Etienne Goyer (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
> Karsten M. Self wrote:
> >KISS. You've heard of it?
> Absolutely. That is why I don't really get why you insist on limiting
> yourself to 1.7 MiB of usable space when you could get > 650 MiB out of
> a CD-ROM, and access other ressource from the network.
You're clearly not reading with comprehension. I've addressed that.
Even under dialup, I can access a boot floppy in a matter of minutes
(about 7 minutes for TomsRtBt). Even a miniCD takes considerably
longer. I've done full ISOs, the experience wasn't pretty (but with
wget, it was possible). Several days.
As has been noted to me: RPM formats change over time. While any ar,
tar, and gzip will get me my DEBs, I'd have to make sure I had current
and/or appropriate RPM support for the system at hand. My
understanding is that RPM support _is_ backward compatible (though I'm
not sure of this), but not updward: you can't access newer format RPMs
with older libs.
> And if a floppy is all you can get to boot the machine (doubtful), why
> can't you just extract required files from another machine, then do
> your floppy shuttling from there ?
Well, you've just upped your requirements to another machine. Running
an RPM-capable system. Using floppies you can bootstrap either over
network (assuming you've got network support) or any motley OS. Say, a
legacy MS Windows system with which you can download package files.
Again: minimizing requirements maximizes flexibility.
> Your argument is pretty convulated.
My statements are based on recent real world experiences.
> I suppose there are many advantages to the dpkg format over rpm, but
> making 1992-style system rescue operations easier is certainly not a
> very pertinent one.
Your choice, naturally.
Karsten M. Self <email@example.com> http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
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