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Old 06-10-2005, 09:05 PM   #1
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Smile why is linux and its programs free and why is it more secure than MS?

Also, can I get itunes to play or install on mephis? if not, what works? what about email and or contacts?

thanks a bunch....

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Old 06-10-2005, 09:18 PM   #2
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Linux is based on opensource, it's available to everyone.
And I do not think there is itunes for Mepis/linux, only for Max/winbloze.
Old 06-10-2005, 09:38 PM   #3
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a lot of people like amarok (kde) and rhythmbox (gtk+), which i take it are both very itunes-like. i've never used amarok or itunes, but i tried rhythmbox and it was *okay.* it skipped playing mp3s over the network, so i dumped it. amarok seems better, i think, maybe has more itunes features, but either way i don't like the bloat of those big programs and prefer xmms, so my opinion is probably biased. those would be the first two to check out though.
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"Linux is a computer operating system and its kernel. It is among the most famous examples of free software and of open-source development. It is a multi-user, multi-tasking, multi-threaded network operating system.

The term Linux strictly refers to the Linux kernel, but is commonly used to describe entire Unix-like operating systems (also known as GNU/Linux). Linux distributions often bundle large quantities of software with the core system. There are over 300 different distributions available."

There are studies proving Linux is more secure , and there are studies proving windows is more secure.

There are many many media players, and yes your iPod will work on a Linux box.
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The Linux kernel, and the other GNU tools, are distributed under the GNU General Public License, under which the source of the software is available for anybody to modify and distribute. This has been done, so that the code can evolve continually.
Not all software on Linux is "free" (as in free of any cost). Software like commercial spreadsheet apps, cd burning tools, database management programs etc have to be bought, just like software for Microsoft OS's.
Certainly, GNU/Linux, which was fathered by the legendary UNIX operating system, is among the most secure operating systems. Arguments for this are many and if you are interested, you can search the net for them.
Old 06-14-2005, 09:28 AM   #6
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Re: why is linux and its programs free and why is it more secure than MS?

Hello there, if you really want to understand why the whole operating system (GNU/Linux)
is free along with other programs I advice you to read about The GNU project. If you have
more time you can read here as well.
As far as security is concerned, There is nothing called a 100% secure OS, be it from
MS or anyone else. However, Open systems "tend" to be more secure due to the fact
that more people can look and examine the source code.
Take a look for example at encryption algorithms. The most secure ones are the publicly
available algorithms which are continuously subject to peer review and security experts
from all over the world. Security by obscurity is no security.
As well, since the source is available anybody can submit patches for potential security
holes. This shortens the time needed to fix security-related software bugs.
Being open doesn't guarantee that your system is more secure. One of the versions of a
famous mail program (I think sendmail or mailman) had a security hole for over 5 years
until it was discovered, although the code was already available for anybody to examine
(but nobody did).
Bottom line, Making your source code available is a step towards improving its security but
doesn't say that it is more secure.

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Old 06-14-2005, 09:36 AM   #7
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Originally posted by ctkroeker
Linux is based on opensource, it's available to everyone.
And I do not think there is itunes for Mepis/linux, only for Max/winbloze.
well... Mac OSX is unix based, so maybe you could get a running copy of Itunes for linux if you had way too much time on your hands. (why doesn't Apple release Itunes for Linux, there is a large (read *almost as large as apples music loving market) amount of people that would pay money for total Ipod support, and Itunes. But, I don't matter to them.....
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... as for security, has a a few links (plus other reasons to stay away from whatever comes out of Redmond, WA)

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Crossover Office is a Wine fork that will run iTunes if you want it to buy music It's not free but it's pretty cheap and works very well.


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