Ubuntu does have a root password. Check “Users and Groups” in the “Administration” section. The root password is not initially set by the user, but you can change it if you want to (with your sudo powers, of course). Sudo just doesn’t require the user to have the root password in order to perform administrative tasks.
Yes, but this is not done by default when you install (just like I said). The first thing I do usually is get rid of sudo, and install SU or SUX.It is common knowledge that sudo is for n00bs. It supprises me too, the root password is one of the best things unix/linux has going for it (windows Vista even borrows the idea). There are lots of security features you can install in linux, they are just not done by default like in windows XP.
Just like Windows, Linux is only as strong as the knowledge of the user.
knowladge is power I will agree, but you sure need a lot less to run a windows system. Linux you need lots of reading to do even the most basic tasks. It is not really hard it is just time consuming.If a user wants to try out bleeding edge software they usually have to make major changes to their system by installing compatible libraries (and breaking things in the process) where in windows they are smart enough to just package the specialty DLL’s required.
That is why a NAT router or a SmoothWall system (a separate, dedicated Linux-based firewall) is better than a software firewall.
Check out lion virus,Ramen, and Remote shell… Even your firewalls can get infected, so be sure to scan every file you get kiddies,especially before you touch (chmod) a file.
None of what you said is installed by default (haha! I would love to see an installer make a physical system, then connect you to it.)
Well I still stand firm on what I said before. Windows SP2 is a lot more hassle free to install, and by default is safer than Ubuntu. Fedora is pretty close, they at least give you an option to install a firewall from the anaconda installer, but it still is not set on by default.Fedora also lets you have a real root password by default.(most linux distro’s do this). There are still a hole hell of a lot less viruses for linux, but that is changing quickly. As soon as we see either Ubuntu or fedora homogenize everything into 1 standard we will be seeing a whole hell of a lot more.
I personally have VMware set up on my home system. For surfing the internet I use a lightweight Debian based distro called Damn Small Linux, and a local NAT connection through a Proxy set up at work.
All my downloads are on the virtual system, and get scanned before I re-establish a SAMBA network to the host system.Then I scan them again in windows, just to be manic about it.
BTW thanks for the avast tip, I will give it a try later on today… ClamAV is pretty cool, but it has not got a GUI front end by default, and I really get tired of opening a terminal and executing my shortcut script. They have GUI’s for calmAV but I dont like any of them they leave out features.