Virus free desktop

Mathieu Jobin somekool at
Thu Nov 20 14:44:25 GMT 2003

Virus its not just about the damage they can cause... but also they way they 
can be duplicated....

email will always be, on every OS.

but i dont think there is any other way for a virus to duplicate himself on 

while on windows, we already know what doors are all open ;)


On Tuesday 18 November 2003 11:34, Timo Sirainen wrote:
> Friendly and Secure Operating System, and how to modify UNIX to do it:
> For a while now I've been thinking about how to make computers actually
> work the way people expect them to - mostly related to security.
> Currently everyone keeps telling people to not click strange attachments
> in emails, not to run random programs downloaded from web, not to use
> any p2p software, etc. That's not working. People want to do that and
> many don't really care that much if their computer gets infected with
> viruses or other malware from time to time. If it gets too annoying,
> they run some anti-virus software or get someone else to fix it.
> So, how about changing the operating system to allow or even encourage
> such behaviour? "Sure, just run anything, it's safe. If it's a virus,
> operating system clearly warns about it."
> Linux desktop isn't currently much better in security than Windows is.
> Linux viruses are still possible, although they can mess "only" your
> data rather than the whole system. But if it just deleted the document
> you had been working on for weeks, it doesn't help much.
> Wouldn't it be nice if you were actually able to truthfully say that
> viruses aren't really possible with Linux? Not just that they don't
> currently exist, which is the situation now. That there would actually
> be a real reason for "normal people" to switch to Linux other than just
> the cost?
> It may not be a small job, but I think it's quite doable using existing
> software. I do plan to implement it at least partially for myself one
> day when I have enough time, but I hope others get interested enough to
> implement it sooner and more throughout the desktop.
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