Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Real Deal on Kylin

If you want the real deal on Kylin, the best public discussion is probably taking place at the Dark Visitor Blog. As you might expect of a blog that's run by people who actually speak Chinese and follow that country's scene, the story there is more believable than the sensationalism posted elsewhere.

I downloaded and tried installing KYLIN-2.1-1A.iso but didn't get far. It seems far newer versions are available if you know where to look.


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2 comments:

theprez98 said...

Richard,

I was able to get Kylin (v2.1) installed... let me know if you're still interested.

Mike
theprez98-at-verizon-dot-net

Crazy Computer Dad said...

This is probably going to come off as a vent/rant...and it is really.

The game of the most secure infrastructure won't be won by technology. Secure Operating Systems are out there. There are even bolt on products that can go an awfully long way to making insecure OS's secure. A good admin that KNOWS their OS and monitors their audit data is one of the best tools you can have anywhere and they almost do not exist.

No matter how much technology you employ in security, the very last bastion of hope is the user and their mouse. As the anniversary for Tiananmen Square comes up, it should be a stark reminder that consequences for actions that get a network compromised can vary widely outside of the United States. In the United States, opening an email attachment or clicking on a video may at most get you fired (but not likely). Elsewhere, the consequences may be much more dire.

The saying throughout the industry is that you CANNOT fix the user. It is too bad that we just accept that as truth and continue to look elsewhere for solutions.