One system administrator's opinion - Journal of Omnifarious
Dec. 21st, 2004
04:03 pm - One system administrator's opinion
And, of course, he's right. It's true. I recommend to everybody I meet that they use anything but the Microsoft platform (i.e. Windows) just because of viruses, spyware and worms. They're a menace, and they largely only happen to Microsoft because simply put, Microsoft products have (and I do not exaggerate in the slightest) utterly abysmal security.
Worse yet, people who write software for Microsoft stuff have a model for what software is that makes them think they own your computer while it's running your software. The software is theirs, it's their property, it's for them to decide what it does, and it is not for you, as a user, to decide what it does. This is, baldly stated, the mindset of people who develop non-Open Source software. The only reason the programs do anything you want them to do is in order to entice you into running them on your computer system. They are all potential trojan horses, and many of them are literally so.
Ever notice how you can't fast-forward through the commercials at the beginning of a DVD? It's because the movie industry demands that companies that make DVD players not allow you to. Why shouldn't you be able to? Didn't you buy the DVD player? That's the same mindset that non-Open Source developers have applied to a consumer electronic device.
Do you want your computer to not be able to visit a Linux website because you're using IE? That's how Microsoft would like things, and its exactly what they would do if it wouldn't raise a huge public outcry, and there wouldn't be a thing you or anybody else could do about it, because IE is not Open Source.
I have come to strongly agree with Richard Stallman's opinion that non-Free (as in Freedom, not as in beer) software is ethically wrong, and isn't a viable system to build a society (or an economy) around.