5 minutes a month?
5 minutes a month is bullshit, if users dont want to spend any brain power perhaps they shouldn't be using computers at all?
And as far as bettering the security on the net, im sure most distribs are secure when they're released, it's just after time that people go looking for problems, which is a good thing, but that is also why you should be looking at least once a day, if you want to keep your box secure.
And my final comment for the day, when something has a mailing list, such as slackware, it shows the maintainers are looking out for the problems and putting them at one central location for the users to look at, see a problem, then go and get the patch or do whatever needs to be done.
half an hour a day?
Perhaps half an hour a day was a bit too much for the average person. 10minutes would work just as well, quick skim of the headlines on your linux site or
reading the security mailing list. These are not hard nor time consuming things to do. And as far as picking out one trivial thing, if he got this wrong when it's blatently obvious and easy to find on the site (the security list), i was wondering what
else he had missed or not cared to inform anyone of, in his pursuit of this editorial.