frothing at the mouth?
Posted Oct 24, 2006 2:00 UTC (Tue) by dark
Parent article: Critical Linux security API is still a kludge (Inquirer)
The article seems fairly reasonable up until the "The future" section, where the author loses control somehow. Suddenly we get "stupid complications", and phrases like "stop this madness". I guess there's some pent-up anger involved.
I think the article is looking at the wrong level of abstraction. There's no problem with scanning for viruses on Linux systems—you can drop a virus scanner into your mail system with no hassle, and you could hook one up to your Samba server if you wanted to. Apparently there are some technical difficulties with scanning for viruses in exactly the same way as on Windows systems (which the author calls a "resident" scanner). Well... then do it some other way. Virus scanning is the feature, a particular way of implementing it is not.
I find the reference to it being 1996 amusing, since TSR (Terminate and Stay Resident) virus scanners are closer to 1986 technology. Oh, woe, Linux does things differently than an ancient tradition inherited from msdos ;)
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