On Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 11:27 AM, Les Mikesell wrote:
On 2/11/2011 9:58 AM, m.roth at 5-cent.us wrote:
Be careful with saying such things. ?A lot can be said about Windows as an
operating system and Microsoft as a company. ?But be very careful about
Yes, there can, and has been, a lot said. A *LOT* of it has not been
positive (at least since WinDoze 95). I can go on for a while, though it's
OT, as to their *lousy* design decisions, and then there's all the
lawsuits that they lost, where they paid to cut out competetors.
But those have next to nothing to do with their current products. ?If
Make a bet? Video drivers, alone, and the feeping creaturism of the
base web browser create significant risks.
RHEL and CentOS have much, much tighter basic privilege handling. The
complexity of the NTFS ACL structure, for example, is so frequently
mishandled that it's often ignored and simply dealt with as
"Administrator". The result is privilege escalation chaos.
This turns out to be one of the problems with SELinux, in fact. It's
so powerful and complex, and ill managed in many instances, that many
developers simply disable it and ignore it, especially for web
applications. (Don't get me going on the pain of integrating locally
built Lilac and Bugzilla with SELinux: eeewwwwh!)
you go back to '95 and look at the security/design flaws in shipping
Linux products it is not pretty either. ?Pretty much everything had wide
open holes in required network services like bind/sendmail/ftp as well
as the kernel itself (wade through the changelogs on any of the programs
if you aren't convinced). ?I do agree that pre XP/SP2 versions of
windows were badly broken and still resent the trouble they caused, but
it's probably time to forget that.
Not as big, serioiusly. The separation between "userspace" and
"kernelspace" and "root access" was much better than it has been in
the Windows world.
talking about its users, you do not know the reason why they run another
OS than those which you love.
Lack of knowledge and/or choice.
Or lack of problems. ?Since MS started enabling a firewall by default
Or need to play Half-Life. (Games are why my desktop is Windows, it
runs CentOS comfortably in VirtualBox.)
and supplying regular updates it mostly just works. ?I still run XP on
my work laptop, close it to sleep with running apps, open to wake up (in
seconds) on a different network, bouncing between wired/docked and
wireless undocked transparently and it runs for months at a time.
Another laptop at home does the same with Windows 7 (minus the dock).
It has been much easier to use windows running the NX client with freenx
on Linux than to keep working video drivers for native X on linux. ?I
can boot into Linux on my work laptop, but why? ?The only real reason is
if I want to access an ext3 formatted disk via USB and that turns out to
work just as well under vmware player, keeping XP's more agile network
management and leaving my other open apps running.
Sadly, freenx is abandonware. So is neatx. (I've been working with
them lately.) The clients and servers from NoMachine are pretty good,
and play nicely on CentOS. (I'm using them now for personal use, which
their license allows.) The new NX version 4 alpha release is very,
very alpha. We'll see how it works out in the long term. I've been
trying to pay them for licenses, but the licensing model hasn't fitted
anything I can *explain* to the people who sign checks.