Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Wed 4th Mar 2009 23:34 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems To add to the amounting anecdotes of late, another Acer Aspire One review appears. Not to be confused with Thom's or Eugenia's, which were different models, this review concentrates on the ZG5 version of the Acer Aspire One and how well Windows XP, Windows 7, Ubuntu 8.10, and Moblin 2 run on it, particularly in the everyday-netbooker's sense of functionality with word processing and Internet applications. Read on to get the full scoop on the One and these selected systems.
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You know what? I'm sick of seeing that old malware line run rampant. Yes, there's malware for windows. Yes, you can get it if you lack common sense, but that applies to any platform. Common sense, and knowing enough to not open something like FamousMovieStarNudePics.exe is a better defense than any virus protector. In the end, it doesn't matter what os they're running, malware spreads more by social engineering than any other method these days. It'll be the same in OS X if it ever becomes more dominant than Windows, no amount of operating system security is going to save idiot users from themselves if they insist on running something unsafe. It'd be the same for Linux too, malware writers don't target Windows because of its security flaws--though it does make it easier--but rather because it is the os used by the most people, the prime target if you will. I don't like Windows either, I prefer OS X and *NIX. But FUD doesn't help, and the malware line is getting very old at this point. What next, you going to point out the blue screen of death as if it still happens every day like it did in 9x? There's plenty wrong with Windows without having to dredge up the old stereotypical issues that are less of a problem.

With a decent well-supported Linux distribution, with a large application repository available to it, one can easily adopt a viable (self-imposed) policy along the lines of "I will only ever install software from the repositories using the package manager". Adopting such a policy, and sticking to it, will guarantee that one's system will remain uncompromised and malware-free. This is hard to explain exactly why this is so, but it is much more than an idle boast ... AFAIK there has NEVER been a case of someone's system being compromised or getting malware through using a Linux repository. The repository system has an immaculate track record.

Now note that not all software that one can run on Linux is available through repositories. Having said that, nevertheless it is possible these days to for one to adopt an "install from repositories only" policy, stick to it, and not really miss out on anything.

There is no equivalent approach one can take in the Windows world. AFAIK there is no equivalent approach one can take using Mac OSX.

PS: On a Linux system, one cannot "open FamousMovieStarNudePics.exe". It won't open.

Edited 2009-03-06 00:03 UTC

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