Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 7th Dec 2007 06:34 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "Many people are looking to Ubuntu to be something that it is not: A mass market ready operating system designed to work with the same level of compatibility as Microsoft Windows. Where people get confused is in believing that if Ubuntu, king of the Linux distros, is not able to take the marketplace by storm, then something must be broken with desktop Linux. In this article, I'll explain what it will take to dethrone the mighty Ubuntu and gain a market share so large that it will eclipse anything seen by Ubuntu to date." More here.
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RE[3]: Linux on the Desktop
by sbergman27 on Fri 7th Dec 2007 13:38 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Linux on the Desktop"
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2005-07-24

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The difference is that the selfish spyware/malware authors only make their applications compatible with Windows. The rotters, they should Linux versions of their goodies so we can all enjoy them.
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Ah, the old "Operating System Q would be just as dangerous as Windows if it had 90%+ desktop market share!" claim. In the case of Linux, at least, I would contest that. But... just for the sake of argument, let's accept it and see what it would mean if it were the case. The answer is: "Not much". For whatever reason, Windows users are in more danger. If their being more of a target is a factor, well... then that's a factor. Period.

Besides, in the absence of Windows, it is unlikely that such a monoculture could materialize,in the market place, around any other one OS. So the whole line of reasoning is really moot, anyway.

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v RE[4]: Linux on the Desktop
by siride on Fri 7th Dec 2007 14:02 in reply to "RE[3]: Linux on the Desktop"
RE[5]: Linux on the Desktop
by sbergman27 on Fri 7th Dec 2007 17:07 in reply to "RE[4]: Linux on the Desktop"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

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Linux security is actually no different from Windows security. The only real difference is that...
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Read the post you are replying to. Why are you continuing to beat this dead horse?

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RE[5]: Linux on the Desktop
by raver31 on Sat 8th Dec 2007 09:06 in reply to "RE[4]: Linux on the Desktop"
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2005-07-06

Has its security really ever been strongly tested?
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yes, yes it has.

Now either find out about it by using it, or stfu

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RE[4]: Linux on the Desktop
by raver31 on Sat 8th Dec 2007 09:05 in reply to "RE[3]: Linux on the Desktop"
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2005-07-06

hmmm, my post was meant as a joke. Clearly some people did not see this.

Anyway, I agree with you, it does not matter how many people use Linux, spyware and malware will not run on it, the creators will have to use social management to get users to install and run malware on it.

I too am sick of reading that shit about Windows having 90% of the market share, and if it was Linux there, then there would be way more virus and malware for that.... No, this is just plain wrong, in fact, I would go as far as to say that the people that make this claim have no understanding about operating systems, security or malware itself... They should, instead of trying to put down a system they are too stupid to use, spend some time learning how to secure their own systems, so that I do not get more spam offering to increase my penis size or to sell me 10000000 viagra for 35p.

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