Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Sep 2011 22:25 UTC, submitted by HAL2001
Privacy, Security, Encryption Well, this is embarrassing. MySQL.com has been hacked (fixed by now), and was turned into a platform serving malware to unsuspecting visitors. The criminals did this by injecting a script which redirected visitors to a website which uses the BlackHole exploit pack, which probes the browser used and serves up an appropriate exploit. Computer security blogger Brian Krebs saw root access to MySQL.com being offered for $3000 only a few days ago.
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RE[2]: My best friend
by daveak on Tue 27th Sep 2011 06:41 UTC in reply to "RE: My best friend"
daveak
Member since:
2008-12-29

had I been running Windows.


At this point I consider not running Windows an essential feature :-P

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RE[3]: My best friend
by Gullible Jones on Tue 27th Sep 2011 10:15 in reply to "RE[2]: My best friend"
Gullible Jones Member since:
2006-05-23

While I don't use Windows and I'd be happy to see more people abandon the platform, right now I don't think there's a good alternative; there's just too much software that's only available for Windows.

(Really it's kind of a catch-22. Software is available for Windows because it's the most common desktop OS. But until people start migrating away from it, the software won't be available for other OSes; and people won't be quick to migrate away from it due to lack of available software. Yippee.)

Also, most Linux distros have sucky security by default. Just sayin'.

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RE[4]: My best friend
by lemur2 on Tue 27th Sep 2011 10:25 in reply to "RE[3]: My best friend"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

While I don't use Windows and I'd be happy to see more people abandon the platform, right now I don't think there's a good alternative; there's just too much software that's only available for Windows.


While particular products, such as for example Microsoft Office, are available only for Widows, the product type most certainly is not constrained to Windows. See LibreOffice, for example.

Now while some products are not 100% interchangeable, for the vast majority of uses they are.

The majority of people could happily run everything they needed on a platform other than Windows. Easily.

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RE[4]: My best friend
by Soulbender on Tue 27th Sep 2011 20:18 in reply to "RE[3]: My best friend"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Also, most Linux distros have sucky security by default. Just sayin'


Really? What makes you say that?

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