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what makes you think that all the world's needs can be satisfied with those kernels? clearly that's not the case.
Stable kernel 22.214.171.124
Posted Nov 9, 2008 17:31 UTC (Sun) by xorbe (subscriber, #3165)
World's needs? No. Enterprise needs? Sure.
Posted Nov 9, 2008 17:32 UTC (Sun) by khim (subscriber, #9252)
The fact is: nobody is interested in security. Not really. That's not
what is selling. What you can sell (and for pretty hefty sum BTW) is
perception of security. Vendor's kernels are perfect for this.
As for real security... Nothing is designed for it: linux is not
designed for security, hardware is not designed with security in mind,
etc... Yes, there are some things which can be used to enforce some [small]
degree of security, but real protection is exchanged for 15%, 10% sometimes
even 1% of additional speed!
I'm not even sure that's bad thing: sure OpenBSD is much better then
Linux security-wise, but it can not be used as replacement because it's
just too ineffective. If your OS can not process the data you want
processed it does not matter if it's secure or not. Linux is learning this
the hard way: Windows is chosen 9 times out of 10 instead of Linux because
Linux (or rather set of programs available under Linux) is just not capable
Posted Nov 9, 2008 22:26 UTC (Sun) by bojan (subscriber, #14302)
Yeah, that's what's being sold, just like with all other products. But, if a security hole gets fixed, it still makes the reality of running that kernel more secure.
Posted Nov 9, 2008 22:27 UTC (Sun) by efexis (guest, #26355)
There is plenty of interest in security, which is why so much /is/ designed with security in mind. But people have to learn, we're not born with the knowledge that we choose to live by or ignore. Most people just want it to be taken care of for them, and will pay, as learning how to secure your website, your computer, your car, your home, your communications... is a bit much for one person. Better to have different people specialise in different areas.
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