[linux-elitists] Are we Dead Yet? (or "For every sprinkle I find, I shall kill you!)

Don Marti dmarti@zgp.org
Fri Jan 21 12:53:50 PST 2005

begin  Phil Mayers quotation of Fri, Jan 21, 2005 at 08:57:15AM +0000:

> [Hmm - message rejected by filter match, I was under the impression 
> Thunderbird was Free. Oh well]

Please send me your User-Agent or X-Mailer header
off-list and I'll check the regular expressions.

> o) Strong progress in some server environments such as Apache, 
> mod_LANGUAGE, general Perl/Python/PHP progress, Zope, Twisted, etc.

* Still-increasing web developer mindshare for Free
server-side technologies such as PHP.  Widespread
availability of Free infrastructure such as MySQL,
as part of inexpensive small business web hosting

> o) In stark contrast to a couple of years ago, time-to-crack for an 
> average Unix system went up to 3 months (I'd seen instances of 20 
> minutes ~2000/2001), while that for XP dropped into the single-digit 
> minutes range. Partly of course that's based on economies of scale for 
> the new, organised cracking botnet "salesmen", but bear in mind: For 
> that period both Windows and Unix systems have been fixing bugs, but one 
> has got better, the other worse

You're not talking about the Honeynet report, are you?

Report date: 17 December 2004.  EOL date of _latest_
Linux release cracked (Red Hat 9): 30 April 2004.


I don't really see what the report shows, other than
"unmaintained software on an Internet host will
eventually get compromised."

Don Marti

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