Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 1st May 2008 01:55 UTC
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[3]: interesting-ish
by Sophotect on Thu 1st May 2008 13:44 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: interesting-ish"
Sophotect
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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"
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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[5]: interesting-ish
by Sophotect on Thu 1st May 2008 14:12 in reply to "RE[4]: interesting-ish"
Sophotect Member since:
2006-04-26

Having actually moved people from Windows to Linux i can understand that they are not happy in some cases, but it is less hassle for me. To the driver discs which don't work, as of now this is a myth because for most common hardware you don't need them anymore. If they have problems with the limits which are outweighed by other factors then they may harass somebody else. It is as simple as that.

*shrug*

Edited 2008-05-01 14:25 UTC

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