Comment 1785 for bug 1

Tom (tom6) wrote : apols

Hi :)
Sorry about my last post!!
I found this article very interesting and it put across the key ideas much better than i could.  It's a bit old but it's well worth reading
http://librenix.com/?inode=21
Regards from
Tom :)

>________________________________
> From: Martin Wildam <email address hidden>
>To: <email address hidden>
>Sent: Sunday, 27 January 2013, 0:37
>Subject: Re: [Bug 1] Re: Microsoft has a majority market share
>
>On Sat, Jan 26, 2013 at 4:04 PM, Tom <email address hidden> wrote:
>> Thanks for the off-list help there Marin :)  Should help improve my relationship with my boss :)
>
>Sounds familiar to me... ;-)
>
>
>> Programs need to operate without constantly asking the
>> users permissions but have they all really been totally re-written so
>> that they never need SuperUser permissions?
>
>I don't think so - with Windows 7 (or XP service pack something don't
>know exactly), Windows even learned the symlink thing which can help
>here (however most windows folks still don't know that they can do
>this now using mklink... ;-) ).
>
>
>> Have you tried surfing with cookies being totally blocked?  Even microsoft.com gives a dozen pop-up asking
>> you to accept this or that cookie with no real detail about the individual cookies.
>
>It's not only the cookies - on several sites you already have to allow
>some included third-party web-site-java-scripting (either referencing
>to other websites) to allow display of advertising until they show you
>the real site content. So they urge you to view the advertising also -
>otherwise nothing. But this affects every OS putting them on a higher
>risk.
>
>
>> I know what you mean about not wanting to be just better and safer but really being safe.
>> [...]
>> In Windows it seems the slightest thing can cause problems.
>
>I was also able to keep my Windows clean of Viruses - until 2009 where
>I fully switched - because I had my ad- and script-blockers and I know
>where to pay attention and what not to do. But there are plenty of
>people, even working in IT, who get viruses because they forget to be
>careful.
>
>I would be really interestet in hearing the opinion of an expert if
>Linux is really safer than Windows or only the fact that >90% of users
>running Windows make that OS the most attacked ones at client side. I
>am pretty sure that at server-side there is full attention of hackers
>is on Linux-machines but I don't know anything about statistics how
>many Linux servers get hijacked to end up in a bot-net.
>
>Best regards, Martin.
>
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>Title:
>  Microsoft has a majority market share
>
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>  Confirmed
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>
>Bug description:
>  Microsoft has a majority market share in the new desktop PC
>  marketplace. This is a bug which Ubuntu and other projects are meant
>  to fix. As the philosophy of the Ubuntu Project states, "Our work is
>  driven by a belief that software should be free and accessible to
>  all."
>
>  "Ubuntu software is free. Always was, always will be. Free software gives everyone the freedom to use it however they want and share with whoever they like. This freedom has huge benefits. At one end of the spectrum it enables the Ubuntu community to grow and share its collective experience and expertise to continually improve all things Ubuntu. At the other, we are able to give access to essential software for those who couldn’t otherwise afford it – an advantage that’s keenly felt by individuals and organisations all over the world."
>       * http://www.ubuntu.com/project/about-ubuntu/our-philosophy
>
>  Non-free software leaves users at the mercy of the software owner and
>  concentrates control over the technology which powers our society into
>  the hands of a few. Additionally, proprietary software stifles
>  innovation, maintains artificial scarcities, and enables malicious
>  anti-features such as DRM, surveillance, and other monopolistic
>  practices.
>
>  This bug is widely evident in the PC industry.
>
>  Steps to repeat:
>
>      1. Visit a local PC store.
>      2. Attempt to buy a machine without any proprietary software.
>
>  What happens:
>
>  Almost always, a majority of PCs for sale have Microsoft Windows pre-
>  installed. In the rare cases that they come with a GNU/Linux operating
>  system or no operating system at all, the drivers and BIOS may be
>  proprietary.
>
>  What should happen:
>
>  A majority of the PCs for sale should include only free software.
>
>       * http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html
>       * http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines
>       * http://www.opensource.org/docs/osd
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