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Re: [libertarian-12] IMPORTANT WARNING: VIRUS of the Day!

From: user 5.
Sent on: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 10:42 AM
in response http://www.campaignforliberty.com/blog.php?view=14646 it does have to do with libertarian ideals

On Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 10:29 AM, Tom W <[address removed]> wrote:
Ignoring for a moment that this message has *zero* to do with the purpose of the Libertarian mailing list ....

What's the point in advertising this information anyway?? You're trying to make money doing consulting work for people you're hoping will pay you to convert their systems over to Linux?

I've been in the I.T. field for almost 20 years now, and I like Linux for certain purposes.? It's a great option for a "special purpose" system, doing anything from serving as a corporate firewall or mail server to running a phone PBX in an office.? It's often a great choice for a software developer or web applications developer.? And yes, configured properly, it *may* be a good option for someone's general purpose desktop system too.? But quite frankly, Linux has been promising year after year for at least the last decade now that it will be the "year of the desktop" for them - and it never materializes.

I've found an Apple Macintosh system to be a more sensible option for quite a few home users I've known, and I have yet to meet someone to switched from Windows to a new Mac and felt disappointed, or wanted to switch back.? It gives a FAR better "out of the box" experience while still running on top of a true Unix operating system (like Linux) at its core.? It has the same lack of virus or spyware issues, but provides a solution that's commercially supported.? A Mac user can walk into a local store and not only get help with problems, but even receive free training on the software they sell, at one of the free training classes they do on a regular basis.? The included iLife suite makes working with photos, video, music and even web design really easy and friendly, while keeping it all tightly integrated together.? Linux really has no such integrated, friendly software that compares.

I wouldn't want to spend the money on a stylish, consumer-oriented Mac as a dedicated firewall or other such business server.? Linux makes more sense there.? But for what you're proposing?? Linux only works within certain paramters, and has a lot of shortcomings too.

That's my 2 cents for this off-topic issue.

- Tom



--- On Wed, 4/1/09, Jason M. Christos <[address removed]> wrote:
From: Jason M. Christos <[address removed]>
Subject: [libertarian-12] IMPORTANT WARNING: VIRUS of the Day!
To: [address removed]
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 9:51 AM





Jason M. Christos
A+ Certified Computer Technician
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Tired of getting the latest Virus?

Switch to Linux.



Note to new Linux users: No antivirus needed

By Joe Barr on February 26, 2007 (8:00:00 AM)

One of the most common questions I hear new Linux users ask is "What program should I use for virus protection?" I reply, "None." You really don't need to fear malware on your new platform, thanks to the way Linux is built.

Savvy Windows users have to watch their virus checkers as closely as the head nurse in the ICU keeps an eye on patient monitors. Often, the buzz in the Windows security world is about which protection-for-profit firm was the first to discover and offer protection for the VIRUS of the Day -- or should I say VIRUS of the Hour? The only thing better than having backed the winning Super Bowl team come Monday morning at the office coffeepot is having the virus checker you use be the one winning the malware sweepstakes that weekend.

If a rogue program finds a crack in your Windows armor, paying $200 per infection to have your machine scrubbed and sanitized by the local goon^H^H^H^H geek squad not only helps to reinforce the notion that you have to have malware protection, but that it has to be the right protection, too. The malware firms are aware of this, and all of their advertising plays upon the insecurity fears of Windows users and the paranoia that results. Chronic exposure and vulnerability to malware has conditioned Windows users to accept this security tax.

It's no wonder, then, that when Windows users are finally able to break their chains and experience freedom on a Linux desktop, they stare at me in disbelief when I tell them to lay that burden down. They are reluctant to stop totin' that load. They have come to expect to pay a toll for a modicum of security...more







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