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Re: /. article clarification -- the author's point was rather
> "What Linux can learn from Windows" -
> Could someone please help me understand what this guy is trying to
He doesn't know. Honestly, he doesn't know.
He's also got his facts messed up. XP SP2 took over 6 months.
Yes, Microsoft finally change to a "off by default" attitude
after Blaster. And that's good, but that's what is _expected_
in _all_ Linux distros -- and has been since 1998-1999.
As far as the "ActiveX" control -- I think the author is
rather _naive_ on what ActiveX is. It's _not_ ideal.
And trying to compare Nmap, Tripwire and/or Nessus to this
basic "ActiveX" control is trying to compare a powertool to
Linux _does_ have similar configuration utilities -- netstat
for one. It will show services and their open connections.
_Many_ distros have GUI tools that "pretty up" its output.
And then a "control panel" where you can control services.
What I think the author wants is a way to "tame" the Linux
"powertools." You can't, you just have to know how they work.
I don't think he realizes that Windows comes with _no_
_equivalents_ to these built-in Linux powertools. But at the
same time, Linux _does_ come with the "basic" tools as well.
He just doesn't recognize them, because he is ignorant of them.
Bryan J. Smith, E.I. -- Engineer, Technologist, School Teacher
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