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A standard Windows desktop is useless - My point of view.

Posted 01-04-2010 at 07:51 AM by rich_c

I read a blog post recently with the above title. While I agree with the sentiment, the detail of the post doesn't cover my reasons for thinking the standard Windows desktop is useless. they are as follows.

Take, for example, any out of the box Windows install as compared to any of the top Linux distros from DistroWatch. Install them pretty much as default and apply any updates. Now which do you suppose you could immediately start working with? I'll allow myself one negative...
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Marketing to home users.

Posted 12-30-2009 at 11:39 AM by rich_c

I've been wondering of late what can be done about stepping up the marketing of Linux to home users. Probably the only company that would have any interest in doing this is Canonical. The other big Linux players aim themselves more at corporate use and those large organisations that do supply Linux PCs to home users no doubt have pressure put on them to keep it low key from Microsoft.

There was the Linux Foundation video competition some time ago and Ken Starks' foray into radio advertising....
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Linux Malware.

Posted 12-10-2009 at 03:46 PM by rich_c

If you Google ‘Gnome Look malware’ you’ll get numerous results pointing to articles about a screen saver that was available for download from Gnome-Look.org which contained malware designed to mount a DOS attack against certain World Of Warcraft related sites, I believe. No doubt there will be many Microsoft shills, fanbois and astroturfer types who’ll try to take great delight in the existence of Linux malware.

There are some points that need to be taken into consideration though....
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Charities and FOSS

Posted 12-08-2009 at 04:37 AM by rich_c

Recently I came across someone asking for advice on software to use as they are in the early stages of running a charity. It occured to me that charities should be aware of Free and Open Source Software and how it can help make the most of the donations they receive. Clearly, with FOSS there is the free-as-in-beer element which is important here. With FOSS, charities aren't obliged to pay up front licencing charges but can contribute as and when they are able.

Personally, I'd feel...
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Security and convenience.

Posted 12-06-2009 at 09:47 AM by rich_c

Having recently seen some advice been given out stating that it is OK to use the root user id as a day-to-day account, I decided to seek some knowledgeable advice on this.

My requests for opinions on this matter attracted some comments from some pretty credible sources, including people from IBM and Sun Microsystems in roles that would qualify them to comment! No-one advocated the use of the root account for anything more than tasks that made it absolutely necessary! The use of...
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