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 Post subject: Q: Iinux Vs windows?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:51 am 
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Iinux Vs windows?
I don't see anything that makes linux better than windows apart from it is open source.
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index ... 959AAEBce9
what is your opinion?
I'm seeking something else to opt for linux in the future.

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 Post subject: Re: Q: Iinux Vs windows?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:53 am 
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I just started a new group here:
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/Linux-Ducks/

join - your membership and questions are valued.

Let me answer your question with a side note here you may not be aware of and that is computer security.

Microsoft has discontinued support for ALL Windows systems through Windows XP Service Pack 2 and the new Vista OS. This means no more Windows Crtical Updates which are mostly for security - pluggin holes so cybercriminals can't take advantage. They had the gall to offer to sell Critical Updates to Windows 98 users after the explanation that the core is just too antiquidated and blah blah blah.... and really ? If they can't offer Windows Updates anymore than how can they sell them to you ?

Well anyway there are a lot of Windows XP machines that are just not going to be able to cut it for a Vista OS Upgrade - and plenty who don't want it anyway. It may take some serious memory and hardware upgrades to be able to load and run Vista. You go their advisor at Microsoft to find out with a quick scan for recommendations. If you don't have a little electronics background - this can cost a small fortune at a PC Repair Shop. I went through this with the 512M RAM Upgrade but I do have a Home Entertainment Equipment Repair Certificate and the memory stick only costed 45 bucks with free UPS shipping to the door. Someone else - probably well over $150.00 for the same procedure. A Vista Upgrade is worst than that. You want to start with at least 1Gig RAM and most machines will only allow 512M RAM .... so yeah yeah yeah.

Here's the point.... for continued security and patch/fix Updates and Upgrades - the Linux OS is the ticket for practically any machine. The only trouble that would take some serious homework is the old Windows 95 - which may be a little like the Vista Upgrade now. That may take ruling out a dual-boot Linux OS that runs both systems (Wind and Linx) and just wipe Windows from the disk and load just Linux. no problem, just size considerations. Wouldn't matter anyway because the entire cybercriminal underground is well aware of all things and they know everyone under Windows XP SP 2 has to totally rely on paid antivirus and paid antispyware for protection - and the "in the wild threats" by them will leave users at the mercy of security software heurisitics to stop the invasion. If and when they outpace that in a zero day threat , well they got you. The latest is the .ANI Cursor Windows zero day exploit flaw that an emergency patch was released April 03 2007 - but again only for Windows XP SP2 and Vista. Everyone else is out in the cold.

I am the webmaster of the computer security theme http://www.BlueCollarPC.US as an advanced user. I specialize in malware removal that sometimes is manual. I can tell you that in the last 12 months or so the entire industry has been turned upside down with amount and severity and mass of threats and criminals. It became mind boggling. Everybody is doing what they can. So this is actually my security advice now - to switch to Linux for older machines which are now all of them except preloaded Vista.

I am sure you have heard the arguements that Firefox is safer than Internet Explorer - and true for the greatest part. Same arguement will spread for Linux -vs- Windows. Everyone knows Windows owners are out of luck without Windows Updates anymore.... it's just realizing that and moving on past the stun of it all - enter Linux OS.

Many have said it and me too.... Windows Vista OS is going to be the worst white elephant and lemon and Edsel ever !

Security.... Linux OS is alive with updates and upgrades.... is Windows ? ..... There you are, and probably best arguement for pro Linux.

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