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Re: Why Linux, Why Debian

On Thu, Feb 12, 2004 at 05:09:46PM -0600, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
>  6) Are security fixes available in a timely fashion for the BSD's?
>     For Linux in general? For Debian?

I have some data comparing Linux distributions and the time to patch known 
security vulnerabilities, no data of BSDs, however. It's available at

Regarding "timely fashion" of updates, it remains to be seen wether with
the current archive growth between releases the Debian Security Team will
continue to be able to provide updates for some packages (specially of
lower priority, i.e. 'optional/extra' sections) as soon as some users would
like to. 

Review the data above (or the presentation at
http://people.debian.org/~jfs/debconf/security/data/), as well as the BTS
reported bugs with 'security' in them:

There are vulnerabilities of lower priority (not remote root) that might
take a longer time to patch just because there are quite a number of them 
(directly related to the fact that we provide too much software). 



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