Why Linux? Why not Microsoft?

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Re: Why Linux? Why not Microsoft?

Post by MartyMint » Wed Aug 19, 2015 4:00 pm

I don't understand the "I switched because of malware/viruses" crowd.

I haven't had a Windows OS installed (at all) on my workstation since I installed Mandrake Linux 11 years ago, but I remember way back then running Windows XP, viruses weren't that much of a problem if you just used a sliver of good computer practices.
If you're getting "teh blue screens" and "constant viruses" on a modern Windows OS...in 2015...you're doing something wrong. Most problems stem from poor habits. I suspect that over %80 of people's problems could be solved by just implementing a robust and regular back-up scheme...which should be standard practice on any OS and any machine.

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Re: Why Linux? Why not Microsoft?

Post by z31fanatic » Wed Aug 19, 2015 4:04 pm

Well said Marty. I too wonder how are these people getting all these viruses and malware.

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Re: Why Linux? Why not Microsoft?

Post by Chiefahol » Thu Aug 20, 2015 2:18 am

z31fanatic wrote:Well said Marty. I too wonder how are these people getting all these viruses and malware.
My guess is there are more virus/malware producers today, and they are sharing the backdoors they find quicker.
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Re: Why Linux? Why not Microsoft?

Post by MartyMint » Thu Aug 20, 2015 1:19 pm

Chiefahol wrote: My guess is there are more virus/malware producers today...

There's more money to be made on an individual level with phishing scams. Far easier than scripting or malware coding...and all you need is to have people not put effort into securing their data.

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Re: Why Linux? Why not Microsoft?

Post by killer de bug » Thu Aug 20, 2015 3:02 pm

MartyMint wrote: I remember way back then running Windows XP, viruses weren't that much of a problem if you just used a sliver of good computer practices.
z31fanatic wrote:Well said Marty. I too wonder how are these people getting all these viruses and malware.
Yeah sure guys. Totally agree with you, there are no adwares, malwares and viruses under Windows... :roll:

Where do people get these guys? Well for example because some dev are not trustful.
Take this for example: BSPlayer http://www.bsplayer.com/
It was once the best player for Windows. Used by millions of users. One day, we realized that the new version was coming with a malware. Should we have been more careful? Well, for years, there had been no issues, so...

https://www.sophos.com/en-us/threat-cen ... layer.aspx
http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=114479


But you are right! Continue to blame the users. It's easier than accepting that this OS has not been programmed carefully.
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Re: Why Linux? Why not Microsoft?

Post by z31fanatic » Thu Aug 20, 2015 4:25 pm

Never heard of BSplayer before but I guess it lived up to its name. :mrgreen:

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Re: Why Linux? Why not Microsoft?

Post by altair4 » Thu Aug 20, 2015 5:09 pm

Why Linux? Why not Microsoft
Reminds me of Groucho Marx who answered a similar question:
Hammer: (pause) Now, here is a little peninsula, and, eh, here is a viaduct leading over to the mainland.
Chico: Why a duck?
Hammer: I'm alright, how are you? I say, here is a little peninsula, and here is a viaduct leading over to the mainland.
Chico: Alright, why a duck?
Hammer: (pause) I'm not playing "Ask Me Another," I say that's a viaduct.
Chico: Alright! Why a duck? Why that...why a duck? Why a no chicken?
Hammer: Well, I don't know why a no chicken; I'm a stranger here myself. All I know is that it's a viaduct. You try to cross over there a chicken and you'll find out why a duck.
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Re: Why Linux? Why not Microsoft?

Post by mintybits » Thu Aug 20, 2015 7:55 pm

c07vus wrote:Because Microsoft are crooks. Plain and simple.

Also, windows is slow, heavy, bug riddled, spyware riddled, malware riddled, not open source and plain sh*t.
That's it. Topic comprehensively answered! :)

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Re: Why Linux? Why not Microsoft?

Post by Jedinovice » Thu Aug 20, 2015 11:38 pm

My boss has asked me to install Mint on his laptop because Windows 7 has started crashing constantly.... again.

Just sayin'.

And he has rejected Linux constantly up to this point!
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Re: Why Linux? Why not Microsoft?

Post by Chiefahol » Fri Aug 21, 2015 12:37 am

MartyMint wrote:There's more money to be made on an individual level with phishing scams. Far easier than scripting or malware coding...and all you need is to have people not put effort into securing their data.
Very true! Scamming is way easier than finding OS holes to exploit. (But then if you find a hole, maybe you compromise a million machines instead of just 1!)
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Re: Why Linux? Why not Microsoft?

Post by RonC » Fri Aug 21, 2015 10:08 am

Why not Microsoft?

Because ... :shock: .... this is what's waiting for you, at the 'end of the line'.

It's like having BS Player, from a previous post ( :roll: what a name) -- but 'done right'.
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