Re: win32.mtx virus alert

From: Eugene Leitl (
Date: Tue Feb 20 2001 - 08:57:16 MST

On Mon, 19 Feb 2001, Pat Fallon wrote:

> Sorry if you got infected. The person who infected me had no idea
> either.

I wonder why you take it so matter-of-factly. If people would
use decent mailers (written in languages without buffer
overruns) on OSses which make a clean separation between user
and supervisor mode and only run executables which are signed
by a trusted source, viruses would simply not exist. Period.

In case you`re forced dealing with Redmond products, below
is a way to make it less painful for so afflicted.

Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2001 09:35:42 -0800
From: Rick Moen <>
Subject: Re: [Pigdog] Windows XP

begin Dkr. Armand Geddyn quotation:

> Which is a point that no one is arguing. Some of us don't have the
> luxury of using a real NOS in an enterprise environment, for mostly
> political reasons. So we have to make do with MS products, despite
> their suckitude.

1. Bring in your *ix laptop (or other personally-owned machine).
Connect it to the office LAN. If IS won't enable a second port, use a
$20 hub to make better use of the one port you have already.

2. Install VNC viewer. (It's probably already there.)

3. Install VNC Server for Win32 on your company-issue box. Turn it on.

4. Reconnect the nice, expensive, company-issued monitor from the Win32
box to your laptop. Your Win32 box is now running "headless".

5. Enjoy a stable, configurable, X-based desktop environment of your
choosing, along with remote access to Win32 apps as needed running on
your company-issued bloatware box, and imaging onto an X window.

If your company prohibits you from doing this, you need to upgrade your

Cheers,                                Before enlightenment, caffeine.
Rick Moen                              After enlightenment, caffeine.

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