Hacked horribly! in Off Topic
Eventually, I'm going to use Linux(or is it Unix) on another computer until I'm confident in my abilities. Then, if all goes well and I like Linux, I'll put it on my current pc(assuming it's still good at that time). Maybe then I'll try to impose my new OS on the family. :D
Time for some good'ol fashion argueing. When a virus protector is up your using some of your RAM and CPU. It causes the PC to run a little slower. When you have a PC with only 80MB RAM you need as much of it as you can get. I have a quick question. What is your opinion on WindowXP. My opnion is I hate it. When I get a new PC I'll get rid of XP and replace with 98. XP uses to much graphics and I prefer the look of the original Windows.
Easy to use, period? You install a nice Linux distro(eg, RedHat), and tell it to boot up in graphical mode, it'll be just as easy to use as windows.
Windows is a heck of a lot easier to secure? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Oh man! Never laughed that hard in a long time. You install Linux, you choose the nice "High" setting for the firewall in the installation(which IS the default, and you may not even get prompted about it), and you won't have any problems. Unlike windows, *cough*Outlook Express*, *cough*Blaster Virus*cough*, etc.
The people who need "ease of use", shouldn't be expected to go around buying/downloading and installing firewalls, virus scanners, not use Outlook Express, and configure everything properly, because they won't.
The reason Windows is the "most widely used" OS in the world is simple. IBM created the PC believing it would be just a fad. They chose to Microsoft's MS-DOS with their computers because they didn't expect the PC to take off. It did. The only reason Microsoft Windows is so widely used it because OEMs(the guys that sell you the pre-built computers) install it by default.
The only reason Microsoft Windows is so widely used it because OEMs(the guys that sell you the pre-built computers) install it by default.
3. easy to use, period
5. security...a well-secured windows machine will beat an unsecured linux machine anyday..
They won't? I guess i don't *need* ease of use but i'm not lazy enough to keep my *WINDOWS* system unsecure...
You talk about me buying into the ms blater? I think you're buying into the linux propoganda, to think linux is impenetrable with viruses? or impenetrable from hackers?
I'd be much more comfortable with a secured windows machine, instead of a secured linux machine, because i know itll be configured correctly, without having to have a degree or at the very least years of linux experience, which was the point i was trying to get at earlier
as for drivers, the point i was making... er..heres an example.. i have a wifi card, the driver didnt come preinstalled on either my xp install or my linux distro.. downloaded it for xp, installed it, xp took care of the rest by installing the specific driver that the installer unpacked, the linux version was a different story, and if you use linux youll know why, even the faq @ mandrake.com stated it's one of the most difficult aspects of linux, i tried to read the multiple page faq on how to do it...and to this day my linux distro is just taking up space on the 5gig partition of my laptop...i load it up to play the games that came with the distro...that's it:D
Call me stupid for not knowing how to install a linux driver, it might even be very intuitive for you, but when i can install a windows driver in 5 seconds, and cant install a linux driver after one hour, its pretty obvious which one wins in that field..
**after thinking about it, i realized you were talking about driver support, i meant installing (and finding) drivers
Of course, in the MS Blaster case, it really wasn't Microsft's fault. A patch had been available for a long time.
I read somewhere (a newspaper, I think) that the patch was buggy, and it took Microsoft three tries to get it to work properly. Not sure if that's true or not, but it makes an amusing story. =P
Its hard to belive all this came from 'some one hacked my account' to 'windows is better then mac'
anyway, i dont have any fire walls, i think there a waste of space too.
Anyway anyone who hacked into my computer, would find theres nothing to hack :/