[K12OSN] What antivirus software is being used on K12

Rob Owens hick518 at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 23 11:29:43 UTC 2005

I believe Linspire sells an antivirus package for
Linux.  I'm not sure if it will run only on Linspire,
though.  I believe it is not needed, but Linspire
offers it because their marketing studies showed that
former Microsoft users were not willing to use an
operating system that does not have an antivirus
package.  They sell it for money because it costs them
to subscribe to the virus database.

But again, I don't think it's needed due to the
reasons Eric Brown stated.  Just make sure you use a

That said, I would like to have a utility similar to
Sygate Personal Firewall for Windows which alerts you
anytime a program tries to access the internet.  Is
there such a thing for Linux?  Sygate Personal
Firewall would stop the traffic, ask me if it's ok to
proceed, and tell me which program was trying to
connect to what website/ipaddress.


--- Eric Brown <ericbrown at mi-spot.com> wrote:

> Here's part of the beauty with Linux, you don't need
> anti-virus.
> One of the biggest differences between Windows and
> Linux is that Linux is
> incredibly strict with it's file permissions, and it
> won't let programs run
> or install without explicit authority.
> Unless you install and run malicious code as root,
> you will have a difficult
> time getting infected.  You will also find that
> there are far fewer pop-ups,
> and virtually no spy ware as well.  Most spy-ware
> and viruses are written
> for windows because it will let nearly anything run.
> I'm sure there are others here who might be able to
> explain better, but till
> then, I wouldn't worry too much about it.
> Eric
>   _____  
> From: k12osn-bounces at redhat.com
> [mailto:k12osn-bounces at redhat.com] On Behalf
> Of raimond at pc7.co.nz
> Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2005 4:36 PM
> To: k12osn at redhat.com
> Subject: [K12OSN] What antivirus software is being
> used on K12
> I have been watching the K12 discussion for some
> months and have found the
> discussions very informative.  Thanks to everyone
> who contributes.  I have
> learnt a lot and am very excited about the software
> and its use.  I have it
> installed in a small 6 user test environment and was
> wondering what anti
> virus software is being used with this operating
> system.
> I am using the Fedora core 3 version of the software
> and would appreciate
> any suggestions and assistance in setting up an
> antivirus solution with the
> package.
> Raimond Donk
> raimond at pc7.co.nz
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