It’s no secret that Linux totally lacks *Security* in their OSes (even servers!), thusly I’m not ‘Letting the cat out of the bag’ by bringing it up in this post. Linux just ‘seemed secure’ to fanatical Linux users since it only has about 2% of desktop users for decades…oops! Actually, as mentioned Here ‘n Here Linux has been steadily losing desktop users this year (other than perhaps Ubuntu), and now “Linux has only about 1% of users.” Stat Counter shows Linux dropping to 0.7% in April of 2020. Anyway, I’ve been using Windows OSes since 1992 and have only had 1 ‘security’ issue during those 28 years…that was caused by a friend sending me a ‘Hacker Joke’ that attached all my contacts to any email I sent out. It was easily spotted and fixed, and he promised never to do something like that again. BTW, ‘Windows 10 isn’t the most vulnerable operating system – it’s actually Linux’.
I’ve enjoyed their Chess Titans, Hearts & standard Solitaire ever since it came out, and just had them reinstalled. WIN10 just keeps getting better, for sure, but a lot of people love those old Vista & WIN7 games, so Microsoft leaves them the work-around of just having to reinstall the games.
Started ‘Tinkering’ with getting WSL 2 installed yesterday, on my Windows 10 test computer, ‘Rose’. Finally got it installed about 2:00 PM EST today…lot of work, a pain-in-the-neck, and all for something I basically know nothing about. I did try one WSL version last year, on the Windows Insider program, but it was for ‘Keyboard Jockeys’ ‘n sorta useless to me. I quit that program right after deleting WSL and doing a system restore from a saved image. Had to use my own OEM WIN10 Pro license on ‘Rose’ to do free testing for Microsoft…just wasn’t for me. Oh, WIN10 comes with its own free Windows Security software (as good *OR* better than any of ‘em!), and also its own full system backup & restore software (restores entire computer from a saved image)…Linux has nothing to compare to either of those free apps.
One of the main reasons for me doing this WSL 2 series of posts came from this article – 2020 will be the year of Linux on the Windows desktop:
Linux on Windows just took a big graphical desktop step forward with Microsoft’s plans for Windows Subsystem for Linux.
… snip … At Microsoft Build, its virtual developers’ conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) 2.0 would soon support Linux GUIs and applications.
Yep, that interests me! For example, I have GParted installed on all my keeper Linux Distro disks (mainly USB’s now ‘n mainly Ubuntu 20.04 LTS & EasyOS 2.3), and I use GParted a *LOT* in my testing. It would be nice, sometimes, to just quickly open GParted on my main computer, ‘Antec Jr.’, and do a quick format on a recently tested USB/SSD that was ext4 formatted. WIN10 Pro is the only OS on that computer, and it can’t do ext4 formatted drives. I create all the ‘Live’ USB’s on ‘Antec Jr.’ ‘n download Linux Distros on it ‘n other open-source software plus save all downloaded stuff there. However, GParted won’t install on WIN10, but maybe it could with WSL 2…maybe?? I think GParted works on the command prompt under WSL 1 & 2, but not the graphical version, so far. If a graphical (GUI) app like GParted could work on or with WSL 2…or work thru the GUI Distro in WSL 2 then that would be very handy for me. Yes, that interests me!
The second reason for this WSL 2 series is Microsoft’s custom Linux-based Azure Sphere OS.
The Azure Sphere OS is a custom Linux-based microcontroller operating system created by Microsoft to run on an Azure Sphere-certified chip and to connect to the Azure Sphere Security Service. The Azure Sphere OS provides a platform for Internet of Things application development, including both high-level applications and real-time capable applications. It is the first operating system running a Linux kernel that Microsoft has publicly released and the second Unix-like operating system that the company has developed for external (public) users, the other being Xenix.
I’ve been pondering Microsoft’s and Canonical’s ‘closeness’ for a long time now, and figured it was about Microsoft possibly being interested in buying Canonical/Ubuntu; however, this ‘closeness’ may be more about security than OSes. Microsoft already has the best Desktop OS in the world now, so buying Ubuntu LTS doesn’t really make much sense…does it?? Microsoft has its own Linux Kernel version…they have their own Linux-based Azure Sphere OS. No one is as experienced at security as Microsoft…no one even comes close to them on security. Maybe this ‘closeness’ is just about Mark Shuttleworth’s renown willingness to work with almost anyone who’s willing to work closely with them. Linux has serious security issues, and it has been reported that Microsoft has been working with open-source developers in an effort to help them improve their security. Microsoft helping Linux with Security – ‘Microsoft Defender ATP for Linux’ … I dunno ‘n am just pondering.
A three-month challenge welcomes hackers to take on Azure Sphere OS … Microsoft is offering hackers up to $100,000 if they can break the security of the company’s custom Linux OS. The software giant built a compact and custom version of Linux last year for its Azure Sphere OS, which is designed to run on specialized chips for its Internet of Things (IoT) platform. The OS is purpose-built for this platform, ensuring basic services and apps run isolated in a sandbox for security purposes.
Azure Sphere OS … Azure Sphere Security Service … Azure Sphere chips and hardware … Azure Sphere Guardian module … Microsoft Pluton and a lot more stuff is going on that involves better security. WSL 2 is gonna play a big part, IMHO.
I will add this brief series to the *Linux Security Issues* page…