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Linux vs BSD? Which one should I learn and why?


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#16 Nicholas_Kang

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Posted Yesterday, 09:36 AM

Excellent. I am not using any software that runs on BSD at the moment. Most scientific computing software run on Linux for my case. I am very intrigued by the prospects offered by BSD, especially on security. 

 

Now I have a plan. I am going to try out OpenBSD, but not on my laptop. I plan to replace the Puppy Linux with OpenBSD on my USB drive. (Sorry Mike. :P I couldn't resist secure systems... especially after joining the Study Hall. )

 

So, is that (referring to making a bootable USB OpenBSD system):

 

a ) advisable?

b ) feasible?


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Posted Yesterday, 11:56 AM

There are live boot type versions around such as http://fuguita.org/index.php?FuguIta%2FBBS but IMO inadvisable. The likes of Puppy Linux are better for that, but forego the security. Many proclaim Puppy to be safe/secure, but IMO that's only under exceptional circumstances that typically aren't commonly used. Perhaps your Study Hall might have indicated such misconceptions (first hand I've had it demonstrated just how easy it is to breach into Puppy like systems relatively quickly/easily and whilst persistence has barriers at the software/Puppy OS layer, can be made persistent via other means once root access has been achieved (Puppy runs many programs as root, such that a single bug in any of the programs !!!)). In practice however obscurity/single user/desktop-only makes Puppy less likely to be attacked - but if/when attacked is more inclined to having serious local network issues installed (highly inadvisable to run Puppy behind/on a corporate LAN type structure, only on a isolated LAN segment where you can reinstall the likes of firmware etc. if/when needed). Puppy Linux doesn't even pass a first stage security audit.


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Posted Yesterday, 06:28 PM

Ok, so for portable usage, it is suggested to use Puppy rather than OpenBSD. 

 

Study hall doesn't mention anything on Linux yet. :) It focuses more on the Windows side. I study UNIX OSes on my own. But some concepts apply cross-platform, which mean I can catch up faster.

 

So, I guess I shall install BSD on a virtual machine then. 






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