Linked by David Adams on Tue 22nd Jun 2010 16:14 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Privacy, Security, Encryption A Computerworld editorial takes note of some interesting changes Dell made to the Linux page we linked to last week. They watered down some of their pro-Linux claims, but not as far as you might think.
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RE[2]: Inaccurate
by malxau on Wed 23rd Jun 2010 23:08 UTC in reply to "RE: Inaccurate"
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...Windows until recently seemed targeted at only one *interactive* user.

Agreed. To put this differently, X is amazing technology in allowing multiple displays per machine, multiple users running multiple apps to different displays, one display rendering apps from different servers on different versions of different systems on different architectures. The people who designed X should be very proud of themselves - from a flexibility perspective, it's simply beautiful.

TS only recently implemented a "seamless" mode where applications render without a desktop, although Citrix has had it for a while. There's a lot more retrofitting to bring NT up to UNIX/Linux for networked application delivery.

Yet on Windows you cannot get rid of said GUI.

Have you looked at Server Core? It still has a GUI, but it doesn't have explorer et al.

"Windows has been harmed by setup insisting that a user account must be created in the administrators group...
I still feel Microsoft has no one to blame but themselves for this. They should have made that clean break, enforced least-privilege policies, when they brought out NT. "
Don't get me started. The sad part is that NT 3.1 insisted that you must create a low-privilege user as part of setup. Somewhere that idealism became derailed. I used low-privilege accounts on NT for a decade, and things generally work; I blame XP for trying to "dumb down" NT, which in turn allowed developers to be less vigilant.

The biggest practical area where Linux/BSD trump Windows today IMHO is flexibility.

Agreed. Sometimes it requires more knowledge, but when you have that knowledge, it allows more possibilities.

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