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Yesterday blaster,sasser,i love u....today zotab...tommorrow ????.... Well,constantly windows is being attacked..more and more vulnerabilities are being discovered..each and every year atleast one virus is making a huge impact..why this is happening only to windows...but MS proudly says that cost wise their Win2k3 server is cheaper than linux..but if we consider the damage caused by the virus in windows the cost will skyrocket to a very high value..now zotab is primarily targeting only win2k machines..but win2k3 also is the victim before for many viruses.. the windows programming team should have a look at the open source linux for the security related issues...unless otherwise surely MS will lose the market in the operating system... Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2005 8:00 PM General | Back to top


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I am not a MS fan, but you may want to check your facts before you blog.
a) The calculation of cheaper servers or not is quite nullified. It cosiders the cost of adminstrative personnel.
b) Zotab is also effective primarily on Win2K machines and not Win2K3 machines
c) Peep into macintosh? Which portion - the Mach kernel? That's the only open source part of the OS AFAIK
Left by anon on Aug 17, 2005 8:31 PM

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I wonder how Linux or Unix would fare if all of the virus writers left MS alone for a year and attacked them?? I am sure all OSs have holes that can be attacked.
Left by Remember me on Aug 18, 2005 1:41 PM

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TCO doesn't seem to take into account one factor - uptime. I've had Linux boxes running as long as two years between reboots - never so for Win. In fact, reboots are de rigeur for Win, just to free up the memory leaks. Then there are viruses, worms, etc. targeted at MS that take down entire networks. This is reliability? As long as virus writers get paid (in recognition or cash or satisfaction), they'll continue. The recent work by HP on hardening the operating system itself will stem the flow for a while (once it gets to the market), but I have to wonder how soon someone will discover holes there...
Left by Rockin' Ronny G on Aug 18, 2005 2:18 PM

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"I wonder how Linux or Unix would fare if all of the virus writers left MS alone for a year and attacked them?? I am sure all OSs have holes that can be attacked." Good point. I positive that Linux would have problems with virus if they all attacked Linux, but I bet the problems would be much less than with Windows. Windows was never designed to be a network OS. Heck, it doesn't even support multiple users (I'm not talking about the server editions) and don't give me that BS about fast-switching. That's not "true" multi-user support. Linux & Unix were designed for the network from the start and it shows.
Left by strahd98 on Aug 18, 2005 4:11 PM

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It's very simple. Virus makers cannot create such a virus that it hearts my computer. First I have to download the virus. Then I have to manually make the virus executable then I have to execute the virus!

That'll be the day when pigs fly!
Left by Lindsey Rockwell on Aug 18, 2005 5:47 PM

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Well, as far as my home system, they've lost me.

Free Proxy Server (squid), free Primary Domain Controller & file server (Samba/NFS), free this, free that, solid reliable performance with a reasonable expectation of security - AND WITHOUT BIG BROTHER'S DRM CHOKING INFLUENCE: why would anyone use anything other than OSS? SUSE Linux 9.3 is great!
Left by Michael B. Johnson on Aug 18, 2005 5:49 PM

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well linux is good for security...windows is fit for nothing when security matters the most..i think Mr.BillG can give the source codes of windows to Linus Torvalds..then windows will rock forever...
Left by im a freak on Aug 18, 2005 8:36 PM

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You guys forget the the majority of windows users use things that aren't available on linux (like games ;) ) I know you can port them across and there's wine and what not but really who wants to spend 5 minutes (=15 hours on linux) configuring a game to half work. Linux is great for servers and nerds who know it all but for everyone else windows (when setup and secured properly) is by far the better option. MS will never die with Bill at the helm, he's too smart.
Left by person on Aug 19, 2005 6:46 AM

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As an IT Manager who has been usin all 3 systems for the last 12 years I can say that the Mac OS is about doing a few things very well, Windows is about doing many many things very badly and Linux is about doing what you tell it to do.

What does that mean in real life? It means that the Mac might not have the program you need, it means that Windows will have all the programs you need but be a bitch to keep running and it means that Linux will do what you want it to do but you have to make it happen.
Left by gerard van schip on Aug 21, 2005 1:15 PM

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yes rightly told by Mr.gerard van schip..
Left by im a freak on Aug 21, 2005 7:02 PM

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i believe time will tell, linux is creeping in like a cancer, and guess what?? it eventually kills cos theres no cure for it. i love linux... i run a dual boot system (lin and win) but whenever i get to the boot choice screen....Linux is my option.
Left by Dokuine on Aug 24, 2005 6:05 PM

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Hey, Even in linux there exist some security holes. Even in Open source FireFox Releases bug fixes, What is projected in the world is, only Microsoft has bugs and rest all are bug free. Well, why there is low virus attack in linux, Because, they know what they do. As Lindsey Rockwell , The geeks (linux users) are not going to download a virus, and execute it.

Also, you people should note the virus are developed only after a security patch has been deployed. So, why not you ppl enable the auto update on and update your system regularly?

Second aspect of linux is it is not simple. If i wanna share a folder, It takes me time to understand samba and other stuffs, edit config files and other sorts. But in windows, within no time i can share a file over network, Where is this simplicity in linux, and also, it gives too much stuff for me.

Left by Ramesh on Nov 10, 2005 4:06 AM

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