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Giving Linux a bad name... [Aug. 20th, 2008|04:30 pm]
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You know, it’s comments like the one in post #2 in this thread that gives Linux users a bad name.

It’s very naïve of people to say that Linux doesn’t have any security issues, viruses or malware. I use Linux because it’s free, it’s free, and I prefer it over Windows. But Linux is not this perfect operating system that a fair proportion of Linux users profess, and it’s often bloody-mindedness and a misplaced form of elitist superiority that leads some Linux users to believe that Windows (and subsequently Windows users) to be lower than them.

Interestingly enough, the same effect exists in the argument between Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Freedom is the primary ethos behind Linux and Open Source software in general... and that includes freedom of use as well as freedom of choice.

Linux may be small in terms of desktop market share (less than 1%), but it certainly isn’t small in terms of usability or maturity.

Make your own choice.

From: kozmcrae
2008-08-20 06:26 pm (UTC)

It Goes Both Ways

I hear you. Freedom can sometimes have an intoxicating effect, especially on the young. I wince when I read stuff like that but I get nauseous when I hear the nonsense that Linux would get just as many viruses if it was as popular as Windows. The same goes for needing to compile anything or using the command line to install Linux. I even hear the term "dependency hell". This is crap coming, in some cases, from people who have never even booted a LiveCD. They just regurgitate what they read from Rob Enderle, Randall Kennedy or Tom Clarke. It doesn't help when people, through ignorance or malice, spread falsehoods about Linux. I can understand when Linux users do it though.
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[User Picture]From: tazzy
2008-08-20 06:57 pm (UTC)
I definitely echo your thoughts. Linux/Unix/Windows/MAC OS all have vulnerabilities and things which could be improved. I have used Unix/Windows at home and work lots myself and there are definitely all have pros/cons... And they are all much improved security wise than thier previous iterations...

I prob should use *nix more away from the office now ...I have been lazy using Vista :-)
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