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Linux and patch management

Windows problems are so common that even home-based users know they must pay a $50/year "user tax" in order to have an anti-virus company manage the delivery of patches to them. Is there a way to deliver that value to open source users without delivering that cost?

Firefox

Mozilla has announced a "critical flaw" in the Linux version of Firefox, along with a patch.

The flaw could have given an attacker control of your Linux shell, and the ability to run programs on your computer.

All well and good. But the question occurred to me, how does an ordinary open source user manage patches?

Windows problems are so common that even home-based users know they must pay a $50/year "user tax" in order to have an anti-virus company manage the delivery of patches to them.

Is there a way to deliver that value to open source users without delivering that cost?

Maybe. Let me know.