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I tend to be a bit blase about security, thinking that if I don't log in as root I'm pretty safe.

My main concern is not that someone/thing gains root access and breaks my desktop system. I'm more worried about what happens in my browser. Today's browsers are more complex and capable than many older operating systems. Surveillance, keyloggers, miners, malware distribution, all will run in user space.

I normally stick to known sites and run script blockers. If I want to go "exploring", I fire up a discardable virtual machine. For the really paranoid, run a live distro in a VM.  ;D

Thanks for replying, I'll certainly look into those options. My default is a simple Javascript on/off button in the address window which turns JS off when it's not needed (it's surprising how many pages don't need JS to run). I've also been advised to use the "private window" facility in Firefox, which doesn't save cookies to the hard drive, whenever I'm in GMail or similar.
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My daily driver has been Mint for quite some time now, using the Cinnamon desktop.

Thanks for replying. I've had mixed results with recent versions of Mint but haven't tried the latest one. I've been impressed with MX and some of the respins I've seen of it, one of which (Exton MX) I'm posting from now.
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My daily driver has been Mint for quite some time now, using the Cinnamon desktop.
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The Lounge / Re: How reliable is that counter?...
« Last post by retired1af on July 26, 2020, 11:30:49 am »
I still poke in from time to time, although my online time is somewhat limited these days. Between family life, work and now this #$E)(*&@# pandemic, it seems my poor ol' computer collects more dust than usage.

If an honest attempt is in the works to try to bring things back to life, I'll dedicate some time to it, although it'll be more of a testing standpoint.
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I tend to be a bit blase about security, thinking that if I don't log in as root I'm pretty safe.

My main concern is not that someone/thing gains root access and breaks my desktop system. I'm more worried about what happens in my browser. Today's browsers are more complex and capable than many older operating systems. Surveillance, keyloggers, miners, malware distribution, all will run in user space.

I normally stick to known sites and run script blockers. If I want to go "exploring", I fire up a discardable virtual machine. For the really paranoid, run a live distro in a VM.  ;D
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Sounds like to this 'expert' updates is the same thing as security, as if there were no bugs in new software.  The truth is that thinking of software security in those terms is a mistake.  Software security is a game of cat and mouse, from the simplest program to the most complex enterprise platforms, the same principle applies.  You patch one hole, but there is always the risk of opening a new one, or you have others that you dont know about yet.

That being said + all the recent intel hardware bugs that have been revealed recently (which have been present in hardware for decades), it's tough to qualify anything as truly secure.

With that in mid... I myself have become inclined towards debian... because it runs on pretty much anything... The one (significant) drawback, is that the community sucks, so if you're not self-sufficient in a debian environment, good luck.  But then again, I dont use a 'desktop', but rather just a bare install with a command line to install servers and deploy services, so there is not much interaction with a 'desktop'.

I do hope to be able to build one from scratch at some point if given the opportunity.

(and Nightflier too) I agree about Debian though I like distros based on Debian better than Debian itself (I'm posting this from SolydX). Debian is an many ways a fantastic distro but the video drivers for NVidia cards aren't very reliable; I've no experience of the community but you're probably right. Devuan (which doesn't use systemd) is worth a look too.

I tend to be a bit blase about security, thinking that if I don't log in as root I'm pretty safe.
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Thanks to everyone who's replied.

Slackware. All my servers and desktops use it. My clients also use Slackware.

That's interesting. I like Slackware too but I've never yet been tempted to use it as a sole distro. There are some good distros based on Slackware, such as Absolute (which I use now), Slackel and Zenwalk.

The one concern I have with it is that updates are issued very infrequently, unlike Debian which issues frequent updates.

I also like openBSD and freeBSD.

Bigpaws

I've never had much luck with the BSDs on my machine, apart from an earlier version of GhostBSD.
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On strong enough computers, I have used KDE since Corel Linux. Still do, on some Debian base. One machine runs the bleeding edge Neon release, so I can see what is coming next. Kubuntu is easy to use and maintain. Q4OS is lean and great for less powerful machines.

Security is one concern, but so is keeping up with new technologies. Firefox is my daily driver, but like it or not, some things just work better on a current version of Google Chrome. I find myself using meet.jit.si for video conferencing with my family a lot these days.

That said, I still keep VL Light on an old laptop. Just because.
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The Lounge / Re: All good things
« Last post by bigpaws on July 25, 2020, 12:27:52 pm »
I started with Vector just before SOHO 3.2 was released. I had tried Redhat and a few others.

Even after multiple forum changes I am still here. As far as Vector I am not sure of the future.
I know the forum is running and vlcore. The infrastructure is available.

Bigpaws
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Slackware. All my servers and desktops use it. My clients also use Slackware.

I also like openBSD and freeBSD. 

Bigpaws
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