[K12OSN] Windows Antispyware(Beta) vs Linux
jim at winonacotter.org
Sat Feb 12 18:13:19 UTC 2005
> This is on an AMD K6-2 running at 300MHz. About as low maintenance
> as you can get. The only thing I have to do is check the logs,
> which, BTW, show that it is subject to between 50,000 and 100,000
> individual attacks every day. All have been repelled to date. The
> same applies to my DNS servers, also running GNU/Linux.
> Try getting these results with a Windows box directly accessible
> from the Internet, and especially if you're running Exchange Server.
> :-D I know, I tried; this box was in fact running Exchange Server
> when it got cracked. That's when I switched it to GNU/Linux...465
> days ago.
Here, here. In my business as a computer repair company and my full time
job working in schools I of course work on many servers and OS's. In the
last 2 years the only machines I have not had to touch, are my linux
servers. I only have 5 production Linux servers right now and a handful of
Linux routers, but the only time I touch them is to add a feature or perform
and upgrade. Every Windows server I have or that I run into is constantly
battling viruses and hacks. I can put all the protection in the world on
them and constantly monitor and update them, but something always slips
through the cracks.
One of my stupid Windows Email servers has services randomly stop. I have
so many users on it I haven't taken the time to move them to a Linux mail
server (I am still perfecting a multiple domain setup as well before the
move). So I have gone as far as writing a batch file that monitors the main
services every minute, and if one has stopped it restarts it. Pretty stupid
In my eyes Linux is the only way to go for a server, and I only install
Windows now if the customer/user needs a Windows server due to some crap
software that only runs on .Net with IIS or something or absolutely "needs"
exchange. But before doing so I make sure to educate them on their decision
and let them know that I have no problem taking their money to keep coming
back to fix the machine :-)
And the only thing holding it back at the desktop level is familiarity and
ease of use. Installing programs has become easier with yum/apt/rpms etc so
most of that has been taken care of unless you have a need to compile from
source or something. The only thing left is teaching users the new
So for the future Linux is the only possible stable platform option I see.
And it doesn't take too long to see that its options are endless (thanks
OSS). Sure you have mac, but luckily they keep shooting themselves in the
foot by making money off of hardware not software, and giving the only good
thing they have going (the os) no future since it won't run on anything but
a proprietary platform. Don't get me wrong, I love OSX, it just doesn't run
on anything I have or on a platform I can afford. But that is a whole other
discussion.....I can feel the heat already :-)
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