Usually, when installing a new operating system the hope is that it’s as up-to-date as possible. After installation there’s bound to be a few updates required, but no more than a few megabytes. Damn Vulnerable Linux is different, it’s shipped in as vulnerable a state as possible.
The idea behind DVL is to offer an operating system for learning and research for security students. As the DVL website explains:
The reasons one might choose to use an alternative OS varies depending on the person, and their goals, but one of the more common arguments made towards using a non-Windows OS is overall PC security. It's a good one, too. Microsoft's Windows, as a market-leading OS, has been the target of crackers and less-than-reputable beings for many years, and at this point, you really need to be careful about what you do in the OS - and not to mention lace yourself up with lots of protection.
"In the computer hardware world, certain segments are saturated with choice, while others are not. Take graphics cards for example. For the most part, it's AMD (ATI) vs. NVIDIA. For CPU's, AMD vs. Intel. For CPU coolers... ugh, where to begin. We'd need at least a billion "vs." for that one! Then there are operating systems, where like GPU's and CPU's, the choices of major vendor are slim.
"Last week we delivered our first Linux benchmarks of Intel's Core i3 Clarkdale processor with a variety of computational tests through the Phoronix Test Suite. While the Core i3 packs a nice performance punch, that is not all it has to offer. Also found on the Clarkdale (and mobile Arrandale) processors is an integrated 45nm graphics processor that is supposed to offer a decent level of performance in comparison to earlier Intel IGPs normally found on the motherboard's Chipset.
It might be used to run everything from PCs to power stations, but it seems some people are still a wee bit shy about using the (cough) L word.
Speaking at the launch of the touchscreen Pure Sensia digital radio, director of marketing Colin Crawford was pressed for specifics of the new device’s software. But after his CEO reminded him that the new radio was based on a Linux OS, Crawford remarked: “I don’t like the using the word ‘Linux’ on a radio.”
About a month ago we saw comments from John Carmack indicating that Linux versions of RAGE and the new DOOM game were up in the air, as the id technical director said: "There are no firm plans for linux ports of the idTech 5 titles, but it certainly isn’t off the table." Now a later email exchange with Mr.
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