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RE: Newbie: RedHat 8 or OpenBSD??
From: Anders Blockmar <anders.blockmar () exicom se>
Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2002 09:26:44 +0100

If your knowlage is limited this really is a problem. Are you more us to
Windows? If you are a newbie the problem with all types of Unix is that they
require quite some knowhow to be secure.

My personal oppinion is that OpenBSD is more secure in the default
installation than Redhat Linux. But if you know what you are doing then
securing Linux is rather easy. Linux has the benefit of being widly used
which makes programs and help easy to find. If you think that Ports in
OpenBSD is the only thing you need then go with OpenBSD and you will get the
added security by oscurity "feature".

But if you are truly new to Unix and will be handeling sensetive data -
stick with Windows.



-----Original Message-----
From: GSG Designs [mailto:gsgdesigns () hotmail com] 
Sent: den 30 oktober 2002 21:56
To: security-basics () security-focus com
Subject: Newbie: RedHat 8 or OpenBSD??

I'm fairly new to this, so please bare with me.  If this question has been 
asked in the past, I apologize.  I'm new to the listserv as well.

We are discussing starting our own web server.  There is debate on whether 
RedHat 8 or OpenBSD is more secure.  What are your thoughts?  We will be 
doing online orders with credit card info, etc.  Do you have any resources 
to point us to?  (We will be running Apache, probably a 'duh'.)


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