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Canonical Developer Warns About Banking With Linux Mint 206

sfcrazy writes "Ubuntu developer Oliver Grawert does not prefer to do online banking with Linux Mint. In the official mailing list of the distribution, Ubuntu developers stated that the popular Ubuntu derivative is a vulnerable system and people shouldn't go for online banking on it. One of the Ubuntu developers, Oliver Grawert, originally pointed out that it is not necessary that security updates from Ubuntu get down to Linux Mint users since changes from X.Org, the kernel, Firefox, the boot-loader, and other core components are blocked from being automatically upgraded." Clement Lefebvre, the Linux Mint project founder, has since made a statement and confirmed that Oliver Grawert seems "more opinionated than knowledgeable" adding "the press blew what he said out of proportion."
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Canonical Developer Warns About Banking With Linux Mint

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  • More evidence (Score:1, Interesting)

    by riis138 ( 3020505 ) on Monday November 18, 2013 @07:25PM (#45459009)
    This is just another piece of evidence that confirms my suspicions. Canonical has been threatened by the Mint project for years now. This is not the first interview that has come out with an Ubuntu dev speaking ill of Mint, and I'm sure it wont be the last.
  • Canonical Failed? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by enter to exit ( 1049190 ) on Monday November 18, 2013 @07:36PM (#45459085)
    Ubuntu is in a rut. They're not making money, growth is plateauing, it's mindshare is diminishing. It's questionable if they'll ever make a profit. I mean why Ubuntu over Novell, Oracle or RedHat for enterprise stuff? RedHat is a billion dollar publicly listed company..Novell is owned by attachemate group (a billion dollar revenue company) and Oracle poops money.

    The Ubuntu Edge was a hail Mary pass that failed. They lack the revenue (and wherewithal) to get into hardware and no hardware maker wants to partner with them.

    I have to wonder, when will shuttleworth stop? Would it be extreme to say Canonical is a failed company? At what point is Ubuntu going to transition into a community driven OS? Ubuntu TV is vapourware, their phone OS relies on someone willing flashing their nexus..They've totally fucked their Desktop OS and it's unclear why anyone would select them for enterprise support considering the breadth of their competition.
  • Re:+1 Article Troll (Score:2, Interesting)

    by boristhespider ( 1678416 ) on Monday November 18, 2013 @08:26PM (#45459411)

    The Macbook Pro was provided by work. Since I had it more than three years it passed into my ownership. I tend to develop in Fortran, and the tools available in OSX for Fortran development range between the piss poor and the non-existent, whereas Fortran development tools in Linux are at least capable. (On a decent enough machine, Code::Blocks with the IDE for Fortran [darmar.vgtu.lt] plug-in is a pretty decent IDE for Fortran development - better than others I've found. For some reason I just don't get on with Eclipse and Photran.) As a result, I put Fedora onto my Macbook so that I can develop natively.

    Just different tools for different jobs, really. My Windows desktop has Windows and Fedora on it, my Macbook has OSX and Fedora. Depending what I'm doing I'll stick in Windows or OSX, or I'll reboot into Linux, which I chiefly use as a development environment I've got total control over. The crappy old laptop I've got has Lubuntu. I spend most of my time in OSX and still do a fair bit of my development in it (Aquamacs, out of preference) because I prefer its interface to the alternatives, which don't run as well on the hardware.

    (Also, to be pedantic, Darwin isn't BSD but rather a weird kind of Frankenstein between true Mach, which is a microkernel, and BSD, along with what started as much of the FreeBSD userland. Ultimately it's easy to compile up most command-line tools on - even easier if you use MacPorts or Fink - but less easy to compile most graphical interfaces without a bit more effort, and then running through Xquartz etc.)

  • Re:This is why... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by sensei moreh ( 868829 ) on Monday November 18, 2013 @08:48PM (#45459567)
    Fedora, Mint, Ubuntu. I run all three. Mint for Cinnamon, the other two (with LXDE desktops) because sometimes one just works better than the other. Pissing matches are those who've been drinking too much beer.
  • Re:+1 Article Troll (Score:4, Interesting)

    by ifiwereasculptor ( 1870574 ) on Monday November 18, 2013 @11:44PM (#45460479)

    We all know that's important. However, for the regular user, someone remotely exploiting a xorg bug is way less likely than a video driver fuckup (especially if the user opted for a blob). And whoever doesn't know what xorg or a kernel are is unlikely to solve the problem when presented with a terminal, thus dooming the machine completely. So yes, Mint's way makes more sense for the unaware user. And the aware user can configure it to his liking.

The last thing one knows in constructing a work is what to put first. -- Blaise Pascal