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Noob to linux, couple of questions

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After trying a few different distros, I've decided on mandrake
My ? is: Can someone point me to a few good sites on linux security and how to configure it so I'm "safe"
While my understanding of windows security is solid, I'm venturing into new waters with linux.
Thanks.
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You haven't said what you are planning on doing with this system or where it will be exposed to the internet.  I'm not familiar with Mandrake, but most current Linux distros are fairly secure out-of-the-box.  Most services are turned off and those that are on are configured to allow connections only from the box itself.  If Mandrake allows you to configure the netfilter firewall upon installation you're even better off still.  May I suggest:

http://www.google.com/search?q=hardening+linux&start=0&start=0&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

and

http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0072254971/ref=sib_dp_pt/103-3637030-3035066


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It will be online.
I'm new to the in's and out's of linux and am exited about it, but I'm not sure how secure it is compared to windows.
(from what I've heard its better when configured right)
Its less vulnerable than windows right?
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Here you go
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