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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[4]: interesting-ish
by Adam S on Thu 1st May 2008 13:57 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: interesting-ish"
Adam S
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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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RE[6]: interesting-ish
by Adam S on Thu 1st May 2008 14:21 in reply to "RE[5]: interesting-ish"
Adam S Member since:
2005-04-01

I understand what you're saying, I really do. But I tire of people who say things like "if they do it that way then forget them." That's precisely why Linux continues to struggle to make significant inroads, because it's "my way or the highway" too often.

This is like when I said "businesses use HTML email, get used to it," and people had the GALL to say "Well, I wouldn't do business with them."

Good for you. If, by some slim chance, you got some interest from a multi-million dollar company and chose to turn them away on some silly principal, good for you and your principals. But your loss, I'd say.

Same thing here. If you ran a small business and refused to support people who chose to stay on Windows for no good reason other than they were familiar with it and wanted it, good on you. I hope you have enough business to not need those customers. But back in the real world, we have to deal with TODAY. And most people aren't ready to make that commitment, including power users, until THEY chose to make it, because it comes with a STEEP learning curve. 90% of desktop users can't install Flash or Java into a Linux distro without assistance. They aren't much interested in the politically-motivated "switch or die" opinion of their IT-for-hire repair guy, who arrogantly tells them that they need to use Linux or not be supported.

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