Roy Schestowitz once pondered into the vast depths of his mind and came up
with this to say:
> I strongly agree with AZ Nomad on this one. I had to forcibly argue with
> my mother as she insisted on buying a new PC. Her machine was infested
> with worms despite the defences that my sister had set up. It was hopless,
> so Windows had to be installed from scratch. Guess what? It was fast and
> satisfactory therafter... until a few software installations (Registery
> bloats) and inevitable infections.
Honestly, I love Linux, but with Norton Internet Security updated and
running, and free versions of SpyBot, SpywareBlaster, and Microsoft
Anti-spyware, as well as a retail version of AdAware running (all kept
up-to-date) I've haven't been infected with a worm/trojan/virus in years
and adware/spyware/malware is kept in check. However, that's a lot of work
running sweeps of my hard drive for all the various apps, and some require
manual updating of the definitions files. With Linux, ClamAV updates itself
(looks for Windows viruses only, since there aren't any Linux viruses), and
SpamAssassin and BogoFilter pretty much maintain themselves, too.
Adware/spyware/malware isn't even a concern, and an occasional purge of my
browser cache and cookies takes care of any concerns there.
> The computer (as in "hardware") industry must be cashing in on neglected,
> thrown out machines, which infected day by day and burn up resources. This
> also enables Microsoft to force upgrades and sell more licences for a
> reportedly larger number of workstations (something that Apple, for
> instance, are unable to do at quite the same level).
Those same people should steer clear of Linux. Hell, they should just stay
away from computers altogether...