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Attended NolaCon (in New Orleans, LA) for the last three days and had a blast. Also contributed by speaking about “How to build your First SOC”, you can find the slides here.

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This post documents my testing results for the Linux distro Elementary OS. I performed the same testing on the following distros:

The results are based on the methodology described here:

Linux Desktop Security Review

Elementary collected 13 out of 18 possible points – A great score for a UX focused distro.

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This post documents my testing results for the Linux distro Garuda Linux. I performed the same testing on the following distros:

The results are based on the methodology described here:

Linux Desktop Security Review

Garuda collected 10 out of 18 possible points – A good score for a UX focused distro.

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This post documents my testing results for the Desktop version of the Linux distro Ubuntu. I performed the same testing on the following distros:

The results are based on the methodology described here:

Linux Desktop Security Review

Ubuntu collected 12 out of 18 possible points – A score that shows its maturity.

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This post documents my testing results for the Desktop Linux distro Pop!_OS. I performed the same testing on the following distros:

The results are based on the methodology described here:

Linux Desktop Security Review

Pop!_OS collected 9 out of 18 possible points – An OK balance between user experience and security.

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This post documents my testing results for the Desktop Linux distro Linux Mint. I performed the same testing on the following distros:

The results are based on the methodology described here:

Linux Desktop Security Review

Linux Mint collected 13 out of 18 possible points – A very good result that shows the high level of maturity of this nicely polished distribution.

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This post documents my testing results for the Desktop Linux distro Manjaro. I performed the same testing on the following distros:

The results are based on the methodology described here:

Linux Desktop Security Review

Manjaro collected 12 out of 18 possible points – A pretty good result for a distro that is focused on user experience.

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This post documents my testing results for the Desktop Linux distro EndeavourOS. I performed the same testing on the following distros:

The results are based on the methodology described here:

Linux Desktop Security Review

EndeavourOS collected 9 out of 18 possible points – An OK balance between UX and Security.

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This post documents my testing results for the Desktop Linux distro MX Linux. I performed the same testing on the following distros:

The results are based on the methodology described here:

Linux Desktop Security Review

MX Linux collected 10 out of 18 possible points – A good balance between UX and Security.

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I try out different Linux distros for my personal computers quite often. (Right now I'm running Manjaro on my laptop and Ubuntu on my personal workstation.) While hopping through various Linux distros per year, I observed that some distros have a better security posture by default than others. Good default security settings are important because a lot of users won't bother to improve security of their desktop OS by fiddling with settings or installing extra software.

So I decided to do some research and document the results within blog posts here. I will choose the distros based on their distrowatch ranking, starting with MX Linux. In this post I will define all the tests I run through, when reviewing the default settings of a vanilla install of the distros.

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