Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

You Want A WAR? I'll Give You A War!

Filed under
Linux

Choose any metaphor you like. The gauntlet has been thrown down, I’m-a callin’ you out, I’ve only begun to fight…it doesn’t really matter which you choose. The war has begun…long ago actually, and there are even arguements as to who started it. Regardless of who or when, the war “is”. It is the war of bits and bytes, of file systems and desktops.

It is a war between Linux and Microsoft. Soldiers on each side have locked and loaded.

I have lamented often about the plight of Linux. Some claim that I am overly harsh and critical about the Linux operating system and some of the people involved with it. I am…and for my own good reasons. Many people see no “war”, they see no conflict or damage being done by either side. To those who believe this way, it is you who have the most to lose and if Microsoft wins; you lose something more valuable than gold.

Your freedom to choose.

Microsoft has amassed a fortune and not in just financial assets. Their fortune lies in the minds of people who think that Microsoft products are the only real choice they have…and Microsoft markets to these people extensively. You need to look to Europe where the bloodiest battle of the war is currently being fought. Linux and Open Source have engaged the enemy there on the battlefield of patents and monopolies. Many feel the battle there is already lost, but I disagree. People in Europe tend to pay a bit more attention than we Americans do, and that is to their advantage. Had the Europeans not been paying attention, figuratively, they would have been shot in the back.

The war is being fought over what people believe…what they know and use. I challenge you to answer me because many of you have been either kept ignorant or just outright lied to. This is what I want to know:

*Why do you insist on reformating your hard drive after a virus destroys your data and replace your system with software that allowed the damage to occur in the first place?

*Why do you use a product from a company that demands your ignorance and counts upon it to succeed?

*Why do you allow a company to dictate to you when and how you are to use the software YOU paid for?

*Why do you pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for software when there is a better alternative and it is free?

I can only guess as to what the answers to these questions might be. If it is due to the fact that you simply do not know your options, then I am doing my best to make you aware of them. Many of you are just plain lazy and do not want to learn anything new. Why should you? If things are perfect inside that little beige box under your desk, then maybe you are justified in your apathy. For now. The acid test of your judgement skills will come when things go terribly wrong…and if you use Microsoft Windows, eventually they will. Take a minute and look at

http://www.help2go.com/postt14465.html

or

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4080420.stm

In a nutshell, you will read that over 900 million viri, trojans and malware tools are spread via email on any given day. that number is projected to climb to 4200 million a day by 2009. The main target for these weapons are Windows computers. The second link is going to tell you that as a Windows home user, your defenses are almost cut in half by the new and varying attacks.

And you just keep clicking without a care in the world.

Microsoft is the little Dutch boy with his finger in the dike. the onslaught is continuous and unforgiving and eventually, they are going to lose the fight. Don’t you dare spend a second contemplating pity for them. They knew what they were doing when they coded their operating system. They simply under estimated the number of jerks and script kiddies in the world. Within 72 hours of Microsoft making available their anti-spyware tool, three exploits were published to the web to get by it. In fact, one of them actually used the code within the tool to do its dirty work. Those tiny cracks are starting to gush water.

While all of this has been going on, the developers of the Linux Kernel have been quietly and effectively strengthening and hardening the Linux Operating System. Many argue that once Linux achieves a higher status and user base, then attacks against it are inevitable.

Bring it on.

See, Linux has no registry. The file system in Linux is a fortress by design and it will take much more effort than downloading a script from a rogue page and infecting someone via email. Much more, so much more in fact that most people will just give up. Don’t underestimate the maliciousness of some people…they will try no doubt. They will not find the fertile ground that is found in Windows.

I sat on my deck this morning at 5 AM, wanting to greet my day as it arrived. Somewhere between my first cup of coffee and my second cigarette, a powerful yet calming thought came to mind. I have been wrong about something important. I have complained loudly that Linux is too fragmented by both the number of distributions and the geographical disparity of its developers. What I saw as a weakness is indeed Linux’s main strength. There is no one focal point to attack…no corporation to bring down or group of stockholders or hardware manufacturers to blackmail. Gates and Ballmer must be swilling Malox by the gallon and just for the reasons I outlined above. Linus Torvalds, Richard Stallman and Eric Raymond…please accept my apology. I was wrong. It is you who are truly the genius.

And brave soldiers as well.

All-righty then

helios

More in Tux Machines

Leftovers: Software

  • [Video] Linux Audio Programs Compared 2017
    I made this video for those that are new to, or just interested in making music on the Linux OS. I go over the features, goods and bads of Rosegarden, LMMS, Ardour, Mixbus, and EnergyXT, as well as touch on Qtractor. I don't don't go much into details of the particular versions I am using, but the video was made in the early part of 2017 and I'm running Ubuntu 16.04LTS.
  • Green Recorder: A Simple Desktop/Screen Recorder for Linux
    Green Recorder is a simple, open source desktop recorder developed for Linux systems built using Python, GTK and FFmpeg. It supports most of the Linux desktop environments such as Unity, Gnome, Cinnamon, Mate, Xfce and so on. Recently it has been updated to work with Wayland too in Gnome session.
  • Komorebi: A New Way To Enhance Your Desktop Using Animated/Parallax Wallpapers
    In past there were applications that allowed us to run videos/Gif as wallpaper on the desktop and make desktop look much cooler but than all of sudden the development of such Apps stopped and I can't name any App that exist for this purpose. Komorebi is fairly new application designed to make your desktop experience much better and make desktop cool as well, we can say it is kind of 'live wallpaper' situation here or 3D wallpaper. It is developed by Abe Masri and available under GPL license for free.
  • Stacer Sytem Optimizer: A Must Have Application For Ubuntu/Linux Mint
    There are multiple ways to optimize your Linux, the most geeky way is using Terminal, there are also applications available that performs such actions like Bleachbit, Ubuntu cleaner and so on. Stacer is simple, open-source, quick and new application designed to offer you all-in-one optimizer for your Ubuntu/Linux Mint (It's alternative to CCleaner but only for Linux).
  • Qtox: Open Source and Fully Secure Skype Replacement for Linux
    Long years ago, we've talked about a Skype alternative called Tox which was still in its early developmental stages. Tox was supposed to become the anti-thesis of Skype by being a fully open-source video and voice chat client that placed user privacy and security at its center. Well, guess what, there are now fully active and well-maintained chat clients that are built on top of Tox protocol. qTox is one of them.
  • Rclone 1.36 Released With SFTP And Local Symlinks Support, More
    Rclone 1.36 was released recently, bringing support for SFTP, local symbolic links support, mount improvements, along with many other new features and bug fixes. For those not familiar with Rclone, this is a cross-platform command line tool for synchronizing files and folders to multiple cloud storages, which supports Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3, Amazon Drive, Microsoft One Drive, Yandex Disk, and more. It can be used to sync files either from your machine or from one cloud storage to another.
  • Streamlink Twitch GUI 1.2.0 Adds Support For Communities And Team Pages, Basic Hotkeys
    Streamlink Twitch GUI (previously Livestreamer Twitch GUI) is a multi-platform Twitch.tv browser. The application is powered by Node.js, Chromium and Streamlink, though it can still use Livestreamer (which is no longer maintained) too.
  • Code Editor `Brackets` 1.9 Released, Available In PPA
    Brackets is a free, open source code editor focused on front-end web development (HTML, CSS and JavaScript).
  • Terminix Terminal Emulator Renamed To Tilix, Sees New Bugfix Release
    [Quick update] Terminix, a GTK3 tiling terminal emulator, has been renamed to Tilix due to some trademark issues.

today's howtos

Games and CodeWeavers/Wine

  • A Snapshot of Linux Gamers, Just One Year Ago
    It’s about time we share the analysis of that Q1 2016 survey (fielding occured in March last year), especially as we are about to launch the Q1 2017 one pretty, pretty soon. That way we will be able to compare how things have changed over the course of 12 months. As usual, the whole disclaimer about online surveys is valid here (data is only as good as your n size, the appropriateness of your sampling, and the quality of the responses, etc…), but assuming it’s not all that bad and all that unreliable, let’s dig in the results. As a reminder, most of the respondents for this survey were recruited through the r/linux and r/linux_gaming subreddits, as well as the readership of BoilingSteam. This is not our first survey, and you can see our previous ones done in the second quarter of 2015, and the following one in the last quarter of 2015.
  • Slime-san Coming To PC, Mac and Linux
    Headup Games and Fabraz proudly announce their upcoming action-platformer Slime-san for PC, Mac and Linux via Steam & Humble Bundle. Console releases will follow soon after. Jump and slime your way through 100 levels in a unique 5-colored, pixelated world and escape from a giant worm’s innards. Get your shopping done in Slumptown, a town full of survivors within the worm. Unlock different play styles, outfits, shaders and even multiplayer mini-games! Slime-san is developed by Fabraz, an independent development studio that also released the critically-acclaimed games Cannon Crasha and Planet Diver. Slime-san was minding his own business, sliming around in a peaceful forest when suddenly…A giant worm appeared and gobbled him up! Now deep within the worm’s belly, Slime-san has to face a decision: Be digested by the incoming wall of stomach acid... Or jump, slide and slime his way through the worm's intestines and back out its mouth!
  • CodeWeavers Announces CrossOver 16.2.0
  • The Wine Revolution is ON!
    As you know Codeweavers (and other WINE contributors) have been working on DX11 support for a while – they were supposed to have DX11 support by the end of 2016, but as with all complex projects, timelines tend to slip and only very DX11 titles could run a few months ago. Since then, there was no major announcement, but it seems that the progress has been very significant in the recent WINE versions (2.3 is already out).

Leftovers: KDE