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Privacy, Security, Encryption Security consultant Howard Fosdick has contributed the latest entry in the 2008 OSNews Article Contest: a highly detailed examination of security and privacy on the Windows platform, and how to use free software tools and a little knowledge to protect your privacy online.
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RE[2]: interesting-ish
by Adam S on Thu 1st May 2008 13:21 UTC in reply to "RE: interesting-ish"
Adam S
Member since:
2005-04-01

I always wonder if people like the parent have actually tried this in real life.

What happens when this person - your client - buys a game and can't play it? What happens when they try to download some software and can't run it? What happens when they buy some exotic hardware - like an iPod - and it doesn't work right? What happens when they want to buy something from the iTMS and they can't access it?

Linux is great, don't get me wrong, but it's not the solution for everybody. When are people going to realize that Linux is NOT a panacea, and you can't just slap it onto someone's PC when they ask for your help?

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RE[3]: interesting-ish
by Sophotect on Thu 1st May 2008 13:44 in reply to "RE[2]: interesting-ish"
Sophotect Member since:
2006-04-26

I can perfectly understand your reasoning about Linux not being the cure for the average user. But as i said elsewhere, if you are not dependant on running some Windowsapplication natively, it may be. In my experience the need to use Windows is an illusion. It wasn't once, but it is now. For exactly the same reasons which are mentioned in the article. Because these measures are way over the top of what an "average user" can or is willing to manage and understand why he has to do that. Of course some peripherals do not work, or do it less than optimal. But one can perfectly circumvent that problem by choosing them accordingly. And have less stress that way.

Edited 2008-05-01 13:50 UTC

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RE[4]: interesting-ish
by Adam S on Thu 1st May 2008 13:57 in reply to "RE[3]: interesting-ish"
Adam S Member since:
2005-04-01

Having actually moved people from Windows to Linux, I can tell you that in real life, this only works maybe 50% of the time.

People are generally not happy when they don't understand that Linux is not Windows, and that not all hardware will work out of the box, no drivers on disks will work, the software that came with their CD Labeler, or their new scanner, or their new camera, etc will not work.

Yes, sometimes Linux can be a great answer. But many times, it just doesn't work for the user to switch without the will.

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RE[3]: interesting-ish
by raver31 on Fri 2nd May 2008 10:51 in reply to "RE[2]: interesting-ish"
raver31 Member since:
2005-07-06

Exotic hardware like an ipod ? You are aware that ipods and linux work seamlessly ? Rythmbox, Amarok, gpodder etc etc

anyway, you are right, most people cannot use Linux, but my initial response was to the parent post, where someone locked down a Windows box so tight that Linux would actually work better.

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RE[4]: interesting-ish
by Adam S on Fri 2nd May 2008 11:19 in reply to "RE[3]: interesting-ish"
Adam S Member since:
2005-04-01

I do realize iPods work seamlessly, but not all associated stuff does. Obviously, no iTMS. iTunes. No iPhone.

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