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    powered on and connected to a network is by definition not secure.

    Security boils down to a compromise because a totally secure machine is unusable. Your definition can be applied to any platform including Windows, Solaris, BSD, MacOS, HPUX, AIX, IRIX, etc. I've been in this business a long time and I specialize in host and network security. I've been doing it long enough to know host OS choice is mostly a religious argument. Any platform can be sufficiently hardened to make it exceedingly difficult to obtain any of the information it's hosting without authorization. I'm a Solaris, Linux, BSD, MacOS guy myself, and have been for quite a few years, so I'm not exactly a Microsoft fan.

    BTW, most firewalls including those included in open source distros can be defeated. Open source is particularly vulnerable because the code is available for review and inspection.

    Open source is not a panacea. The most secure networks contain elements using both open source and proprietary code.

    When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. -Jimi Hendrix -6.0 -5.33

    by Cali Techie on Mon Jul 20, 2009 at 02:36:18 PM PDT

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