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Linux doesn’t lock down the root account as tightly as Windows does with the kernel these days.

If you’re going to argue like that, I’d argue that Windows doesn’t know the equivalent of the Linux (Unix) “root” account at all. Under Windows you have a number of accounts with elevated rights such as Administrator and SYSTEM, but even these accounts do not have unrestricted access. For example, certain parts of the registry are protected for the Administrator account. You can access it yourself, but it requires a little more work. Mind you, my Windows knowledge extends up to and including Windows 7, but I have no reason to assume that Microsoft has started to protect less in Windows, rather more.

On the other hand, installing things on the root does require some work – it’s not like Windows does one button privilege escalation.

Uhm… You type in “sudo -i”, enter your password and if you have the right permissions you are then “root”, no more work is required.

You also have to make sure that the cheat has the correct read and write permissions at both the root and user account level, and especially if someone uses EXT as a folder structure instead of eg NTFS, you are a bit more busy getting the right permissions.

That is not true. The user “root” has unlimited read and write permissions on the system, regardless of the permissions on a directory or file.

In addition, there are more than 10 different folder structures possible, and you all have to take that into account. Good luck?

What do you mean? There are indeed minor differences in directory structures between different Linux distributions, but they are so minimal that they will hardly be relevant to this story.

You can certainly cheat on Linux, but for many cheat makers it’s just not worth it.

Ultimately, of course, cheating is not about the OS you do it on, but about doing things in the game that are otherwise not possible. The issue is probably more that most people game on Windows and that cheat software is also developed on that. If it turns out in the future that cheating on Linux with Proton turns out to be much easier than it is on Windows, I really think there will be a shift in that. However, I don’t think/hope that will be the case.

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[Reactie gewijzigd door rbr320 op 26 september 2021 16:42]

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