|The Apple 12″ does look cool! I’m in the market too, thanks for the hint.
It’s also worth noting that with just about all Linux exploits coming out for x86, PPC is more secure, practically if not inherently. By obscurity perhaps, but unless someone really wants *your* machine, they’ll probably just take the existing x86 exploit and look elsewhere.
It’s quite difficult to port buffer overflow exploits across platforms, it requires recomputation of offsets, and some serious assembler shell code. Script kiddies certainly aren’t up to the task, and it takes a lot of motivation even for a senior cracker. (E.g. Dan Jacobowitz, a PPC guru on the Debian security team, took IIRC weeks to write the exploit that won him the LinuxPPC “crack this box” prize.)
I just wish someone made Alpha, MIPS, Sparc and ARM (HPPA too? 🙂 laptops, for even more diversity and better security. Now that RedHat only supports x86, this would further highlight Debian’s strength as the most full-featured multi-platform OS anywhere. And if people actually used other architectures in significant numbers, a mass x86 exploit causing limited damage due to this diversity would showcase the free software advantage over single-architecture systems like those of (cough) Microsoft and Apple…
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