Open Letter to the Digital World – Chris Spencer

Chris Spencer, a system adminstrator, writes an open letter to the digital world which was also published in Linuxworld. In it, he writes that even with all the common sense type maintennance activities (anti-virus scans, using a firewall, not opening attachments, etc.) there are still ways to exploit a Windows system transparently.

It’s time for anyone running a Windows PC to switch to Linux.
You see, the Windows platform is not just insecure – it’s patently, blatantly, and unashamedly insecure by design and for all the lip service to security it’s really not going to get better, ever. To make matters worse, it’s more expensive and gives you fewer necessary applications right out of the box than Linux. Everyone, even Microsoft, knows this – they are just too afraid to say it. The tide is coming in. Nothing on this planet can stop it.

Now what’s stopping YOU from trying Linux?

  • i set up a reverse proxy in linux using apache, that proxies a windows box running IIS server
    tell ya something, when an open source linux product has to sit in front of a windows box
    windows security, nonexistant

  • i set up a reverse proxy in linux using apache, that proxies a windows box running IIS server
    tell ya something, when an open source linux product has to sit in front of a windows box
    windows security, nonexistant

  • What is most amusing is that out of all of the Windows product lines, I was most looking forward to Longhorn’s WinFS. Too bad that got pulled. So now, the only “good” thing that could come out Windows, is gone. Oh well. Perhaps one day, they’ll actually build the kernel on a Unix base and have a Windows software layer on top of it (WINE basically, but they can do better since they have access to the proprietary code). Yes, this would make it be like MacOSX, but hey. There isn’t really the stability issues as MacOS9 and below. Security could still be nonexistent because of the backwards compatibility issue, but one thing at a time.

  • What is most amusing is that out of all of the Windows product lines, I was most looking forward to Longhorn’s WinFS. Too bad that got pulled. So now, the only “good” thing that could come out Windows, is gone. Oh well. Perhaps one day, they’ll actually build the kernel on a Unix base and have a Windows software layer on top of it (WINE basically, but they can do better since they have access to the proprietary code). Yes, this would make it be like MacOSX, but hey. There isn’t really the stability issues as MacOS9 and below. Security could still be nonexistent because of the backwards compatibility issue, but one thing at a time.

  • no, this would make lindows, which absolutely sucked, and is no longer in existance

  • no, this would make lindows, which absolutely sucked, and is no longer in existance

  • darkmoon

    No. Lindows was a Linux base that “looked” like Windows. But it didn’t run a windows software application layer. And it still exists, it’s called Linspire now (http://www.linspire.com).
    Lindows was basically similar to if you took RedHat and loaded Xwindows with the window manager XPde. It was an effort to get people to migrate without going through too much “change”.

  • darkmoon

    No. Lindows was a Linux base that “looked” like Windows. But it didn’t run a windows software application layer. And it still exists, it’s called Linspire now (http://www.linspire.com).
    Lindows was basically similar to if you took RedHat and loaded Xwindows with the window manager XPde. It was an effort to get people to migrate without going through too much “change”.

  • let me correct you for a second, lindows was built and tested with wine and configured to run office 2000 flawlessly (as flawlessly as office 2000 runs in windows)
    and it did run many other windows apps, just not any of the newer xp apps

  • let me correct you for a second, lindows was built and tested with wine and configured to run office 2000 flawlessly (as flawlessly as office 2000 runs in windows)
    and it did run many other windows apps, just not any of the newer xp apps

  • darkmoon

    Right, and how is this different from any other distribution with wine? And wine isn’t a software application layer. It’s a DLL layer. Lindows (now Linspire) still exists. Wine still loads older windows applications (unless you happen to use Codeweaver’s Crossover Office).
    And Linspire only changed their name so they wouldn’t be different in both US and Europe. They won the name battle here in the US but lost in EU.
    Don’t get me wrong, Windows still sucks in my book as does running wine. But the usefulness there is to make things compatible with Windows applications. Reverse engineering is not a fun thing either.

  • darkmoon

    Right, and how is this different from any other distribution with wine? And wine isn’t a software application layer. It’s a DLL layer. Lindows (now Linspire) still exists. Wine still loads older windows applications (unless you happen to use Codeweaver’s Crossover Office).
    And Linspire only changed their name so they wouldn’t be different in both US and Europe. They won the name battle here in the US but lost in EU.
    Don’t get me wrong, Windows still sucks in my book as does running wine. But the usefulness there is to make things compatible with Windows applications. Reverse engineering is not a fun thing either.

  • lemme answer your question, what is holding me back from completely switching to linux
    NATIVE HARDWARE SUPPORT
    and
    COMPANIES NOT RELEASING DRIVERS FOR LINUX
    and
    COMPANIES NOT EVEN RELEASING ENOUGH PRODUCT SPECS FOR OPEN SOURCE DRIVERS

  • lemme answer your question, what is holding me back from completely switching to linux
    NATIVE HARDWARE SUPPORT
    and
    COMPANIES NOT RELEASING DRIVERS FOR LINUX
    and
    COMPANIES NOT EVEN RELEASING ENOUGH PRODUCT SPECS FOR OPEN SOURCE DRIVERS

  • I agree. And you know that it’s taken almost ten years of the fight to make this happen? We’re almost ready. I think that if you move now, you’d definitely be an early adopter. Assuming you don’t need to play games… *laugh* Although Doom 3 runs on Linux. Actually it’s coded on a Linux base, but shhhh… don’t tell the Windows users…

  • I agree. And you know that it’s taken almost ten years of the fight to make this happen? We’re almost ready. I think that if you move now, you’d definitely be an early adopter. Assuming you don’t need to play games… *laugh* Although Doom 3 runs on Linux. Actually it’s coded on a Linux base, but shhhh… don’t tell the Windows users…

  • americas army also runs in linux, and its free

  • americas army also runs in linux, and its free