Abandon Slackware 3.0 Instead Use RedHat 4! :P
"But I'm really curious as to why everyone took this as an attack on Slackware, specifically. It
certainly wasn't intended to be that."
"These distributions aren't just putting their users at risk; they're damaging Linux's credibility and its image in the marketplace. Every time I'm asked by a reporter why Linux is so insecure, I have to consider Caldera, Corel, Turbo Linux, and Slackware before I can answer. These distributions' total lack of concern with security is an embarrassment to the entire Linux and Open-Source communities."
"Experienced users should abandon Linux distributions which don't provide security fixes in a timely manner and post that information to a Web site, a mailing list, or both. They should abandon these distributions not because they necessarily need the security notices for themselves, but because these distributions are ruining Linux's image not only with novice users, but with the reporters and editors who shape managers' opinions on whether Linux is a viable solution."
[ Further I found this funny
"If only systems were kept up to patch, huge numbers of systems wouldn't be cracked. On the university campus where I work, systems have been exploited using the automount daemon bug which is more than a year old, and which has been patched nearly that long"
What "Linux" Distribution would a university be running? ]
I believe the only thing that is going to hurt your reputation as a linux professional is not collecting the [current] facts before commenting on controversial items.
Yes of course I am bias towards Slackware. It is in my opinion the best distribution. I have used Debian, RedHat and Stampede along some of the BSD flavors. I am not going to say Slackware is the most secure Linux, but that is only because I agree with the comment about the administrators being the security. As far as getting a distribution secure in a short amound of time, Slackware is darn good.
Recently a RedHat loving (Once Slackware despising) friend of my'n was amazed at how easy slackware is to configure ( without all the junk in the way ) and has since changed distributions. Slackware is quite offten smashed and bashed. It seems mostly by people who either haven't used it, or NEED a GUI with pretty pictures to run a computer.
You are in the position to influcence people. Obtaining an article on a major open source / linux site. It is your responsibility to at least know what products / projects you are telling people to "abandon".
"I certainly hope (and to some degree expect) that this situation's been cleaned up by now, but this made it impossible to audit slackware's security if you wanted to." Well why don't you try it out before the next time you go publicly trashing it! I certainly hope (and to some degree expect) you will go back and review the comments made.