[LINK] Ruminating about viruses
Fri, 25 Oct 2002 12:16:21 +1000 (EST)
On Fri, 25 Oct 2002, Craig Sanders wrote:
> btw, speaking of screensavers and related toy programs....have you ever
> noticed that windows is many times more stable when the user DOESN'T
> install such programs, when they don't fiddle with it (aka "personalise"
> their machine).
> follow that thought some more and you'll notice that that is one the
> main underlying reasons why end-users prefer to stick with windows
> rather than switch to a linux desktop. they can fiddle with the guts of
> windows, even though they have no idea what they are doing, just by
> clicking on a download button on a web page...whereas linux doesn't
> allow them to install stupid toys unless they have root access.
Around about the time of the Olympics one of my clients who
had a small office network of 6-7 PCs called to say that they were getting
"Insufficient memory" errors when they fired up M$ Word and complained
that I had not put in sufficient memory when I did a hardware upgrade a
few months prior.
When I got on site I discovered that the "boy" in the office who "knows
all about computers" had installed an Olympics screen saver downloaded
from the Channel 7 web site that was Java driven and very flashy.
Needless to say it leaked memory like a sieve and eventually there was
insufficient contiguous memory to load M$ Word.
I ripped it off all of the computers and informed the client principal
about the situation. 3 months later I lost the client.
You can personalise Linux very nicely, but it will only affect your own
little sandbox thankfully. Mind you, if you do insist on running as root
then that is a very big sandbox.
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