Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 5th Feb 2006 17:10 UTC
Features, Office One of the biggest reasons for many people to switch to a UNIX desktop, away from Windows, is security. It is fairly common knowledge that UNIX-like systems are more secure than Windows. Whether this is true or not will not be up for debate in this short editorial; I will simply assume UNIX-like systems are more secure, for the sake of argument. However, how much is that increased security really worth for an average home user, when you break it down? According to me, fairly little. Here's why.
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RE[2]: pffft
by Resolution on Sun 5th Feb 2006 17:59 UTC in reply to "RE: pffft"
Resolution
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2005-11-14

I don't believe that for a moment and it was rather rude of you to wildly speculate such. I think Thom is just trying to point out that the media and "fantatics" of the UNIX and UNIX Like communities tend to overdramatize their favourite operating system as some "impenetrable fortress" that their data will always be safe within. I can't agree with his assertions that there is little difference in data safety between those operating systems, however I can agree with the basic premise that users shouldn't rely on an operating system's security alone to protect their data.

Maybe "flamebait" was too harsh a word for sensitive eyes. I would like to change it to "argumentative discussion".

I think you've missed Thom's point; that users shouldn't rely on "word of mouth reputation" of an operating systems to protect their data. While I think he could have spun it a bit more positively, the basic premise at heart is alright.

Yeah. I know what I read, and my point was not to disagree with the "word of mouth" aspect, but to dispute the notion that Linux is somehow at fault for user clumsiness.

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RE[3]: pffft
by sappyvcv on Sun 5th Feb 2006 18:05 in reply to "RE[2]: pffft"
sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

Did anyone ever claim UNIX/Linux is at fault? Nope.

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RE[4]: pffft
by Resolution on Sun 5th Feb 2006 18:09 in reply to "RE[3]: pffft"
Resolution Member since:
2005-11-14

Did anyone ever claim UNIX/Linux is at fault? Nope.

Yes. The author did. Did you even read the article? He says, and I quote: "Of course, they should make backups-- but wasn't Linux supposed to be secure?".

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