Sunday, June 8, 2014

Ubuntu Security Fud


I am sick and tired of Ubuntu fanboys spreading their fud about Linux Mint. They are still pissed off about Linux Mint's leveling system of updates. This is the main reason I moved over to Mint in the first place.

Previously, they complained that since most "security" updates were Level 4 or 5 that the user never saw these to update them.  Of course, any user could select Level 4 or 5 updates and they were good to go - until they rebooted that is.

Currently, partly as a result of Linux Mint staying with the LTS version, Level 4 and 5 security updates are shown with needed background information. But even that is not good enough for the Ubuntu fanboys.
So Linux Mint showing all Level 4 and 5 Ubuntu security updates is not enough for the fanboys. Linux Mint to their thinking is not secure as a result. Linux Mint does give an option to "always select and trust security updates".

Above is a Level 5 security update I have decided not to update yet. The information provided by Linux Mint states,
This package provides headers from the Linux kernel.  These headers are used by the installed headers for GNU glibc and other system libraries. They are NOT meant to be used to build third-party modules for your kernel. Use linux-headers-* packages for that.
I will most likely install these headers eventually when I am confident that they are stable. I know, I know, Ubuntu would never send security updates upstream that would negatively impact our systems - like updates to the H.264 Codec.

I wish the Ubuntu asshats would just shut their mouth. This has nothing to do with security and everything to do with philosophy. Ubuntu has the philosophy we know how you should use the computer, we know where your dock should be, we know what updates you need and when you need them.

Linux Mint on the other hand has always held to the mantra of trusting the user. Linux Mint has never prevented any user from installing Level 4 and 5 security updates.  They have only given the user the option to decide between safety and bleeding edge. Presently, all security updates are shown, what has got the asshats all excited is that those updates are not automatic.

So who should be the decider? Should the almighty Ubuntu decide when and how Level 4 and 5 security updates are delivered or should you as an informed Linux Mint user. Do you feel your security is compromised by not having Level 4 and 5 updates happen automatically with no user input.


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