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January 2, 2008
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–7 Months with Ubuntu
by Mark Joseph Edwards, News Editor, mark at ntsecurity / net
About a year ago, released , its most ambitious
desktop platform to date. It’s a great improvement over
primarily because it brings better security to the overall OS.
Makers of Linux platforms are improving their desktop OSs too. One
company making huge leaps forward is Canonical, the company behind
Ubuntu. In April 2007, Canonical released Ubuntu 7.04, code-named Feisty
Fawn. Prior to the release of 7.04, I’d tested Ubuntu and found it
somewhat acceptable for my needs but not exceptionally great mainly
because it didn’t recognize some of my particular hardware and I didn’t
want to spend much time finding and installing drivers.
In early June 2007, I finally got around to giving Ubuntu another look
(using a bootable Live CD) and was pleasantly surprised. The new OS
recognized all my hardware immediately, including my printers, wired
Ethernet cards, and half a dozen different Wi-Fi cards. I then poked
around the desktop a little bit and discovered that almost all the tools
I need for day-to-day work are either already installed by default or
are available for easy Internet-based installation with a few clicks of
the mouse. It was at that point that Ubuntu really got my attention. I
found myself thinking that I could quickly install Ubuntu along with all
the tools I need and take the OS for an extended long-term test drive.
And that’s exactly what I did.
When I began the test drive, the questions I had in mind were, “Can I
use this OS as my everyday desktop?” and “Can it effectively replace my
Windows desktop?” As it turns out, the answers are yes and no,
respectively. After using Ubuntu as my primary desktop for 7 months
straight, every day of the week, I am thoroughly impressed. I’ve found
that it’s a fantastic platform for regular users. However, there are
obvious problems for Windows security administrators.
Administrators need to run all sorts of third-party Windows-based
security tools as well as the security-related tools built into Windows
itself. I solved those problems in two ways, both of which might be
obvious to at least some of you. The first solution is to use Wine (a
Windows emulation environment) , which is installed in Ubuntu by default.
Wine let me run numerous third-party Windows tools directly on the
Ubuntu desktop. The second solution is that I installed a free virtual
machine (VM) platform and then installed as a guest VM. So
when I need to use a tool that won’t run properly under Wine or a tool
that’s built into Windows, I start the Vista VM and use the tool in that
environment; when I’m done, I shut down the VM.
I’ve found that Ubuntu is reasonably secure, has decent desktop controls
that help prevent unwanted access (similar to Vista’s User Access
Control–UAC) , and is relatively quickly patched when security problems
appear in various OS components. Installing those patches is easy too–a
bit easier than typical desktop updates on Windows platforms.
So for the past 7 months, I’ve been enjoying the best of both the
and Windows worlds. My extended test drive of Ubuntu has been extremely
fun and a great learning experience, particularly in terms of
I wouldn’t go so far as to say that any Windows administrator can switch
to Ubuntu (or any other Linux desktop platform), but I do think that
it’s a great platform for everyday use by nonadministrative users and
for those administrators that simply need a Linux platform to get their
job done in the best possible manner.
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