My Linux choice – Ubuntu (dual boot systems, security myth already)
As Administrator of our Forums, I have chosen the Ubuntu Linux. I began exploring Linux possibilities a few years ago from my Windows Desktop. At that time, Ubuntu one click install over Windows PC was just finished up as a prototype. These few years later and the Ubuntu Linux one click installer (wubi) worked like a charm.
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It has been an amazing experience so far as installed now, Summer 2010. Linux itself is an amazing operating system. I would compare it as being able to ‘do outside the box’ (think outside the box) when you get to that point on Windows when you just wish there was some way to do this, that, or the other thing – and could not. With Linux, you can – I am finding.
I reccomend that on Windows to not use the primary administrator account – but use a second user with administrator privileges (takes a second or two to create another user). The computer administrator of windows seems to interfere in the primary account as launched with things – not specifically Linux, but I have done this and it is running perfect now on – installed from the secondary administrator account on windows pc.
Of course as webmaster of the BlueCollarPC since 2005, I am obviously very, very, very security oriented and share this as a Community Help site – free (Windows OS). We can review original ‘horn locking’ from mid-decade (2000 – 2010) in the several arguments that Firefox browser, Linux OS (operating system) , Apple/Mac were safer than Windows between the two operating system users and conclude that in this new decade Windows users may begin to flock to Linux as a “back up system” to Windows being inoperative due to malwares. This is along the lines that much malware on Windows used the Active X maliciously (like trojans or malware toolbars, etc.) in Internet Explorer browser and the Mozilla Firefox browser operated without it. So the arguements began and the hype and so on that “Firefox is safer than Internet Explorer” and many, many Windows users have installed Firefox as a back up browser to use in the event malware affecting the Internet Explorer in some lock out denial of service manner occurred. In the early days this was working to achieve logging onto the internet when you could not on IE (Microsoft Internet Explorer, part of Windows OS). But cybercrime has evolved greatly in a very, very, very short time and with today’s botnet activities and infections – they can simply block many browsers from navigating to security sites for removal help and software and utilities. There was also a cross-infection that was achieved between the two browsers – Firefox and IE.
So, although this may be true in the Linux add on as a back up system right in the same computer (dual boot) with Windows along those same lines as the ‘back up browser’ – cyber crime no doubt has and is working on some “cross platform” type infection ability – cross operating system malware – to rule this out, meaning as fast as we get there with this idea – they have already seen us coming. Suddenly just a couple years ago, all the Linux and Apple/Mac malwares were discovered and do not forget the other argument – Linux and Apple/Mac were safer simply because 90 percent of the world was on Windows and are the target of the cyber criminal underground meaning Windows users are “where the money is”. This is relating to the malicious ID Theft activity by cyber criminals and other various spyware scenarios and nefarioius use.
In this new decade (2010 – 2020) I obviously predict this occurrence of the cross operating system infection for dual boot observing this – user security options as adding another OS creating a dual boot system computer. It will be exploding with all the ways in a dual boot system using Linux and Windows of how you can use Linux to actually hack back into the infected Windows sytem to get rid of malware infection. This is already possible in various ways. Not long and it is going to be the same with just Windows as with dual boot systems – in worst infections there will be no way in to remove it.
So let’s skip the whole idea of the “back up operating system” , loose a step – they’ve already and are preparing for this obviously – and rather move back onto the idea you want to see and try Linux and maybe surprise yourself and forget Windows forever even and cut yourself a distro or two and ENJOY Linux like your curiosity asked you to. Forget the cyber crime and remain with safe surfing – use Safe Practices and antimalware security softwares and a firewall and you are good to go.
One of the first immediate things I realized in Linux land is, hey, this is great for the kids. Install Linux with Windows and let the kids use Linux and adults use Windows – I mean how can you mess up Linux ? Next to impossible. Plus, virtually all the softwares are the free and open source wares that if the kids want to start downloading everything under the sun – how can they get in any trouble ? Right, there are many educational wares available and plenty of games and so on that school age children can really enjoy and use. This is another reason I plainly see and recommend as a security measure for installing Linux – let the kids have a ball with it ! Again, I mean, how can you mess up Linux ? There is virtually absolutely no infections out there (very tiny tiny tiny amount) – is what I mean about how can they mess up Linux ? Got it ? Get it ! Good.
Highly recommended from a simple user on Windows that turned into a Amatuer Forensics person over a botnet infection this past decade. Visit my http://BlueCollarPC.US/ ….. as former Webmaster of the BlueCollarPC.Net serving just over 6 Million users since 2005 (Windows security) and our back up BlueCollarPC.Org (closed, now at .US).
July 28, 2010 at 12:00 AM