I've been very busy lately studying python to create a tool for FLISoL, so expect to hear about that within the next days (the event is to take place sat. April 25th).
I hit this article about security on Macs by Preston Gralla where he states that some security experts say that Macs are easier to crack than Windows and GNU/Linux.... now, easier to crack than GNU/Linux, I find that believable... but more than Güindous? I doubt it. Anyway, they are the experts and I don't mean to contradict them.
However, Macs are just another closed platform. It can't be verified to be secure by any third party, so perhaps it really is that they be more insecure than Güindous... given that there's no source code to review, I can't really tell (not that I would check the code, anyway).
How much DRM code is in OSX these days? Does it spy its users "a la güindous"? Does anybody know? No source code, so nobody can't really tell.
I have developed this analogy of someone who wants to buy a nuclear reactor. There are two organizations interested in providing you with their nuclear reactor.
- Provider # 1 gives you the reactor plus all the design information, all blue prints, everything but the kitchen sink!
- Provider # 2 gives you the reactor and doesn't give you a clue as to how it is built inside. It's a black box (or a massive gray one). All you have is the control panels and the documentation that this provider is kind enough to provide with (you know.... they can't give you everything for security reasons).
Given those two choices... which would you consider to be more secure/stable/reliable? Which one would you choose? I'd personally go for Provider 1. At least I know what I'm getting. And the guys are so comfortable with their design that they even give it away to buyers. Perhaps the guys at Chernobyl chose provider # 2.
And finally, what's a virus for Macs called? An iVirus?