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    Debian on Pentium 4 Prescott

    A Prescott is a step backwards. Yes, but you don't have a 64 bit P4 :)
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    I'm sorry, but what? They *do* design their code to be secure, "from the ground up", and more so than anyone else. They have an interesting malloc() implementation, they don't embrace threading, or any other design that might introduce race conditions, etc. Yes, absolutely. Why isn't it as useful for a desktop system? It has pkgsrc, which is a really great packaging system, and a really good SMP implementation. How difficult is pkg_add -r <software name> for you? That's it. If you're finding that complex, well, I just don't know what to say. Also, FreeBSD 64 bit is great to use. Is there any specific thing you need from the binary driver? It's not like there are any modern 3D games on Unix anyway, and you can do dual screens with xrandr and the open source nv driver. Yes and yes. Don't try to dual boot OpenBSD with another OS unless you know how to manipulate cylinders, heads and sectors to create a second partition from the command line! FreeBSD has the easiest system upgrade proceedure, in my humble opinion. Definitely give it a go. It does things a little differently to Linux, for example all user added files go in /usr/local (homes are /usr/homes; /home is a symlink), and you have to add a service to /etc/rc.conf or /etc/rc.conf.local before you can use init commands, but it's this kind of logical separation between the base system and 3rd party software that makes it a joy to administrate and use.
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    Linux HTPC

    It's generally a good idea to look for a HCL (hardware compatibility list) before installing a new operating system. Here's where the Fedora 9 HCL is: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/HCL#Hardware_Components What a surprise, the wireless section is blank. It seems to be a requirement for a Linux distribution to mess up documentation in an annoying, sometimes subtle, but always unique way. Some distro's only use info, some don't have man pages, some have pdf's (!) in /usr/share/doc, or some, like Fedora, don't even bother to write anything! Here's what a real HCL should look like: http://www.freebsd.org/releases/7.0R/hardware.html It even provides a link to the man page for each of the relevant drivers, so you can see what is supported, and how to configure it.
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    It epically failed for me when it required an iTunes account. No thanks. I really wish there was a Rhythmbox build for OSX. It's just like iTunes, bit without the bullshit!
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    How Paranoid are you?

    Even if a wireless network is protected by WPA2, it is still possible to see client MAC addresses. MAC address lists are extremely useless. They might protect you from the occasional curious person, but that is it. If you're after something truely secure, either use a VPN or authpf.
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    Hardware RAID recommendations

    Why bother asking for advice if you're not going to listen to it? 320*3 = 850GB~ of usable space? I hope you're not filling that up with data you're not backing up. If you use motherboard RAID, that array will probably be stuck to that motherboard for life, so I don't think it's very flexible. You're right, but given that he's going to see a max decrease of 5-7 seconds loading time in games, is there really any point in a RAID 0 array? Everybody is talking about RAID 5, but I see no mention of RAID 0. Am I the only person who thinks it is worthless?
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    Masturbating Monkeys

    Not quite, this is about getting developers to write better code, rather than sell a product. Writing secure code costs nothing other than a little extra time and education, but Linus isn't pushing this. In fact, he takes a shot at one project that does.
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    Which Distro Are You Using?

    I'm waiting for Waltish to post which distro's he's using!
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    How Paranoid are you?

    Well, I know that my router is constantly being attacked by bot nets, so I have a firewall policy that drops all connections to ssh if they try to connect more than once every 5 seconds. These IPs are then sent into a blacklist, which is extremely effective. PF is an extremely good firewall. I use WPA2 on my wireless network. I originally set it to wireless N only, as there aren't many wireless N cards that do packet injection afaik, but then my Wii couldn't connect, so I had to turn it back to mixed mode. It's an airport express, so it doesn't have a telnet or web interface, which is one less attack vector I suppose. I have 14 char passwords on all my computers, though my gf has slightly weaker passwords. My server also sends me a security report each day, so I like to think that I'm monitoring things pretty frequently.
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    Masturbating Monkeys

    What a fool. He should be encouraging all contributors to the kernel to think about making their code secure, rather than just ragging on people who fix issues. OpenBSD, and to a lesser extent NetBSD, understand that security isn't something that you bolt on, but something that is maintained with careful code. Linus' law states that "Any bug is shallow if given enough eyes". This should include security issues, but because there are so many Linus worshippers out there, they take his word as gospell. If only Linus was a little less egotistical, and a little more sensible. Then maybe newbie coders would think more carefully about security when developing their patches, rather than waiting for other people to come in with another set of patches.
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    Hardware RAID recommendations

    Lazzarus2nd, if you RAID 0 your hard drives, be it via horrible motherboard RAID, software RAID or hardware RAID, you'll see a 3-6 second decrease in level loading times for games. That's it. It's not going to increase your fps or anything like that. Personally, I don't think there is much point to it for home users, unless you're killing your swap file, or working with huge files in Photoshop or some video editing suite. A home server with a RAID 5 volume or ZFS RAIDz is an excellent idea on the other hand. I can back up all my work to it, and my entire media collection is available on any one of my computers thanks to wireless networking. I don't have a huge number of files, just 3x500GB disks, but knowing that it's protected from drive failure is a real comfort.
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    Hardware RAID recommendations

    You won't get hardware RAID unless you spend around $600-800. The rest of the cards just use these software drivers that you're trying to get away from. At these prices, you would have to have some pretty serious requirements to avoid software RAID! Depending on your application, you might be better off to build a fileserver and use ZFS. My file server cost me less than half of what a decent hardware RAID card would have cost me, but is a lot more flexible, thanks to ZFS. I don't even need to worry about partition sizes or growing the pool, as all that is handled for me. Plus, it's open source so you don't have to pay any money at all. It's pretty quick too. You might like to look into FreeNAS as well, if you're looking for a more point and click web interface style of administration. *Edit* RAID5 parity calculations aren't vey taxing these days. I mean, it was an issue when we had 300Mhz processors, but with a quad core, it's nothing to worry about. The real reasons for hardware RAID are a) reliability b) flexibility and c) speed. This only applies when the card is an actual hardware RAID card. That means a dedicated CPU, memory and hopefully, battery backed cache. But unless you have some serious reliability requirements, then software RAID is a much better choice*. Never, NEVER use motherboard RAID. *on Unix platforms. Windows RAID5 is very good, but is only on their server OS's :(
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    Which Distro Are You Using?

    FreeBSD 7 -stable for my home server. ZFS is great, and the ports and packages system is very flexible. It's also simple and clean, and has a lot of smart engineering behind it. I don't use Linux unless I have to :P