Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:52 UTC
Editorial Do you depend on your computer for your living? If so, I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which hardware and software to use. I'd like to explain why I use generic "white boxes" running open source software. These give me a platform I rely on for 100% availability. They also provide a low-cost solution with excellent security and privacy.
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RE: Comment by joekiser
by REM2000 on Sat 24th Nov 2012 19:16 UTC in reply to "Comment by joekiser"
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i have seen that scenerio so many times, i will add that many will also let the SA expire on a Microsoft volume contract thus costing the company more.

Ive been in the same position although my approach was different, i replaced the Antivirus with a better solution, it found all of the viruses and killed 99% the 1% we reimaged. I then upgraded the machines hardware and OS to Windows 7 and so far no viruses or malware, in part due to the antivirus but in part also due to the better administrator privilege mechanisim in Windows 7 which allowed us to put users as standard users without messing up there apps and easy escalation to administrator which only the IT administrators could do.

Both i think are good solutions, i did look at FOSS however it couldn't meet the requirements of the organisation.

The only other thing i would add to the article is to make images or backups of the software your using, in particular the OS, in many cases and indeed illustrated in the article you can fix Linux/'inx's easily, it's a powerful feature, however in the cases when you have to reinstall it's best to install to the same OS your using, what i mean is that there are new releases all the time and some of the newer releases break things (wifi etc), so keeping the ISO of the OS you installed and was working right is a must as relying on a distrubution to keep a copy of the same OS may cause you to be out of luck.

I would go further and say that if your job depends on your work then stick to LTS, or other long supported systems.

(also i appreciate a lot of users will also mirror there setups onto DVD/backup disks).

The article was a good read though and i agree on all the points, i would like to have a job where i wasn't so reliant on Windows as i like to have a good mix of OS's and would like to work where Linux was in more use just to spice things up, however im not going to whine about it as Windows 7 is rock solid and does what i need it to do!

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