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    Installing Debian (woody) on a Sony Vaio SRX87
    Submitted by rlipscombe on Wednesday, January 08, 2003 – 21:39
    DebianI’ve just spent the evening installing Debian on my Sony Vaio SRX87. After a few false starts, it went relatively smoothly. I’ve written up the experience here.
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    Subject: And non-x86 is more secure!
    Author: hazelsct
    Date: Monday, 2003/01/13 – 17:04
    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…

    -Adam P.

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    Subject: Non-x86 laptops
    Author: robster
    Date: Saturday, 2003/01/18 – 17:17
    Many may have heard of the Tadpole SPARCbook laptops, however fewer I expect will have heard of Nextcom’s series of UltraSPARC IIe laptops. Unfortunately I suspect Linux support is relatively poor.

    Acorn also had a laptop called the A4, which is apparently supported to some extent by ARM Linux. (Google for more details)

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    Subject: closed != not portable
    Author: salimma
    Date: Thursday, 2003/01/16 – 13:49
    NT has been shown running on Alpha and MIPS, AFAIR.. and similarly Apple’s Project Meklar supposedly has OS X running on x86.

    The problem, of course, is the lack of source availability making supporting a niche platform impractical.

    Open PPC platforms has finally begun to be available again (after the Jobs cut of 1997); looking forward to the time when I can get an affordable, dual-PPC970 server box.. hehe

    That being said, still going for the 12″ Powerbook myself. Jaguar + Fink is practically a prettified Debian 🙂

    – Michel

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