Windoz haz OpenSSH!

O’ most awesome of awesomeness!

After years of wishing, in the Fall Creator’s Update, OpenSSH was added to Windows 10! That is right – cross server inter-operability using normal tools and secure keys without needing to mess around with obtuse VPN setups or 3rd party programs!

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/powershell/2017/12/15/using-the-openssh-beta-in-windows-10-fall-creators-update-and-windows-server-1709/

GO START -> Setup -> Apps -> Apps and Features -> Manage optional features -> Add a feature and select SSH. Copy your Linux keys to a folder named .ssh in your home folder (c:\Users\yourlogin\.ssh), just as is the default in Linux.

You must restrict access to your private key(s) just as in Linux. In Microsoft this is done by browsing to the key file, right click, Properties, Security  then remove everyone / objects, add yourself (only), and give yourself Full Control.

Read more at the link above concerning generating keys and protecting them with a key manager program.

I am still exploring the possibility of using File Explorer to browse via ssh, just as the file manager can be used in Linux. More later…


Liberty means responsibility

Old photo of the Statue of Liberty in Construction

The Statue of Liberty in Construction

At the deepest levels, the real difference between Conservatives and Socialist Liberals is the concept of Individual Liberty. The people who formed the United States were fed up with Europe and it’s Socialist system: they wanted a place where government served the people, not owned them!

They rejected the concept of royalty and nobles and peons, and wrote “We Hold These truths to be Self Evident” meaning that any honest and rational person would have to agree with the statements to follow:

“that All Men Are CREATED EQUAL, that they are endowed BY THEIR CREATOR with certain UNALIENABLE RIGHTS” God exists, did the creating, and these rights come from God, not human government, and as such human government lacks any power or authority to limit of restrict any of these absolute, God-given, human rights:

“that among these rights are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”.

The concept of INDIVIDUAL Liberty – an absolute right to and responsibility for self determination for each individual human – is fundamental to American Law, and opposite of Socialist law as socialism teaches the people have no rights except those the royalty decides to grant and may retract at any time. In American thinking each individual is absolutely sovereign and limited only by the mandate that they not deny any other human the same right of absolute sovereignty.

This is why Socialists are constantly demanding other people’s rights be denied: it is what the old serfs did to get what they wanted from the royals. This is also why Americans reject this philosophy: when you ask someone else to grant you special rights you are admitting that person is greater than yourself: otherwise you would have no need of their consent: American citizens are not European subjects and as such they are sovereign in and of themselves and need not ask government for any thing.