Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Mar 2010 15:12 UTC
Legal It's no secret to anyone that while Apple sued HTC, the lawsuit is more about Google than HTC itself. Since Android is open source, and owned by no one, it's kind of hard to go after Google itself, and as such, HTC was the prime target, since it is the number one Android smartphone maker. The New York Times has an in-depth article up about the subject, with a whole boatload of quotes from people within the two companies, and it paints a picture of all this being a highly emotional and personal vendetta - especially from Apple's side.
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RE[7]: The App-Starter...
by ricegf on Wed 17th Mar 2010 15:40 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: The App-Starter..."
ricegf
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Well, bully for you! You set up one computer for one light user, and it didn't get a virus or crash. Woot!

As a computer professional for almost 30 years, I've dealt with tens of thousands of machines, from early Macs, Win1 to 7, Unix and Linux machines from pocket to super, soft and hard real-time embedded systems, and a lot of systems you've probably never even imagined (ever "vulcanize the executable"?).

As pretty much everyone with experience this broad will tell you, early WinXP had some serious issues with stability and with viruses. Here's the summary.

Stability problems were largely due to driver issues (the XP driver model had *serious* design flaws, which is why it was changed for Vista and 7 - GIYF). It had various other issues as well, particularly for heavy users, though most of those were cleared by SP2. One that wasn't cleared until Vista, though, was the astounding ability of Internet-laden malware to install itself silently *for every user of that machine*.

XP's design also made it a haven for malware authors, particularly the bone-headed "feature" that the GUI runs by default as administrator. Intertwining a web browser (!) with the core OS was also a godsend to the script kiddie crowd. And, of course, XP's sheer popularity - remember when they held 92% of the desktop market? - just painted a huge target on every XP machine with Internet connections.

Vista, despite it's poor reception (another post entirely), addressed many of these flaws, and 7 a few more. With extensive work (I have the scars), XP could also be locked down to some extent - but for professional level software to work, you usually needed a bolt-on security solution such as BeyondTrust (again, GIYF). Even then, social attacks are much easier with even SP3 than they need to be.

If all you want is to lightly browse the web, probably your wife's use case (but not mine), then you can probably create a "reasonably safe" original XP install. Of course, there are far better solutions for that simple case, Linux being one of the best.

But to imply, as you have, that XP was immune to viruses and highly stable, and thus anyone with a problem *is* the problem, certainly tells me you had mercifully little experience with the beast!

Windows (XP) is dead. Long live Windows (7)! And up with competition across the board!

Peace.

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