Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Moving to Linux

I don't think moving to Linux is for everyone.

For one thing, part of the reason we have as much malware as we do may be that there's one predominant operating system, so it pays to figure out ways to exploit it. Sure, some operating systems seem more bullet-proof than others, but having one main target for malware writers, no matter whether it's Linux, Mac's OS X, or Windows, seems like risky business. Spreading people more uniformly around the major operating systems and then providing data interchangeability (e.g., exchanging data through adhered-to standards for XML or plain text) seems like a more robust solution.

For another, you may have certain programs you need to run that only run on one or the other operating system. I can think of one or two major programs I need to run that require Windows.

Still, if you've been using one operating system for a while, you may not know what exists elsewhere. That's why it's good to see LinuxLinks' list of Linux alternatives to popular Windows programs. While it's missing major programs I use (most of which are available on all three major operating systems), it may help some of you. Thanks to for the tip.

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Blogger curiouscat said...

I use Ubuntu and it is great. I do have some quirks (but so did I with Windows when using it...). Why Desktop Linux Will Take off - Ubuntu is great:
it automatically updates itself much more easily than Windows ever did
it automatically updates all your programs too (those that participate which is many)
the design of the operating system is just more secure (it is true Windows is a target because it is popular it is also vulnerable due to fundamental design issues.

Ubuntu needs to keep getting better but I have every reason to believe it will.

08 August, 2007 11:17  
Blogger Bill Harris said...

Curiouscat, thanks for the comment. Yes, I've used Debian in my work, and I much prefer its update ability to Windows (no rebooting after updates, easy updating of the operating system and programs, all things you mention). Ubuntu, which is built on Debian, has seemingly turned that into an environment that is easy for anyone to use.

09 August, 2007 09:59  

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