Fear Haunts Users of That Other OS

It won’t go away. That other OS fools its users about the identification of files causing what looks like text or other innocent files to be executable… If ever there was a flaw in the design of an OS this is it. Use Debian GNU/Linux, which actually examines the file to determine its type. The latest malware exploiting this “feature” of that other OS romps through Vista and “7”. Use Debian GNU/Linux, a real OS, working for the end-user and not criminals.

This kind of problem has been around since the early days when that other OS invented the idea of identifying file types bye the “extension” of the file name. This was instantly open to abuse and new vulnerabilities arose each time more file-types appeared and the web included them as e-mail attachments. One of the horrible features of that other OS was that the file-manager actually hid the file-name extensions to avoid burdening users with that information so they could see something.jpg when the file was actually something.jpg.exe… Every coat of paint M$ applies to make this OS beautiful just creates more cracks.

The result of all this is users of that other OS are actually afraid to use their computers, afraid to use e-mail and afraid to click on any attachment. How sad they have a slave master who enjoys torturing users.

UPDATE For an example of totally useless advice on avoiding e-mail viruses read “I’m Afraid I’ll Get a Virus”

Chuckle. We know a high percentage of PCs running that other OS are infected. What happens when someone you know sends you an e-mail with an attachment you think contains his favourite recipe for clam chowder … ? Be afraid. Be very afraid… or use Debian GNU/Linux and enjoy the experience.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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16 Responses to Fear Haunts Users of That Other OS

  1. shamil says:

    @ JairJy

    oops, sorry.

  2. Nonsense. Millions of people say otherwise.

  3. Dann says:

    I was installing XP on my old thinkpad X41 for application compatibility reasons and out of curiousity. It took DAYS to get that thing to work and that’s WITHOUT network functionality. Technically it took only a couple hours but trying to get everything to work did take days and I’m not there yet. I gave up.

    At one point it was bluescreening (kernel panicking) every hour or when I tried to open the control panel. It was probably an incorrect or incompatible driver. Unlike GNU/Linux which actually comes built in with the drivers I need (a painless 30 minute Ubuntu install could fix everything).

    “remember when malware was introduced on a screensaver and wallpapers in GNOME Look, ”

    Yes. And it only affected userspace files. No system files, no kernel vulnerability. It was also removed quite quickly and an alert went out soon after.
    Unlike M$ which takes WEEKS or MONTHS to patch something like that. Plus one example of an UBUNTU vulnerability (one that had to be downloaded and installed by the user, aka NOT in the repositories and automatic) is not enough to make it look bad. The ratio of malware to non-malware is exponentially higher in Windows.

    “People use Windows because it works, doesn’t kernel panic, has useful apps, doesn’t need esoteric workarounds, actually has an intelligent OS ”
    – Windows doesn’t work, see above. Even had issues with 7, had issues with my video card. A radeon HD3870. Also sound issues.
    – You mean by esoteric workarounds, having to edit a config file? Using configs for applications is proven to be faster than using a messy binary registry.
    – useful apps? You mean like Autodesk? For 99% of apps on windows, there’s one on GNU/Linux. Disney among many other large hollywood video production suites, use GNU/Linux for their editing software. Adobe Photoshop CS2 runs using WINE, so they have that covered too.
    – Intelligent OS, such as a tacked on networking module that was semi-copied from apache/BSD, just recently patched 16BIT vulnerabilities, acknowledged that Vista was a failure, has poor compatibility with older applications on Windows, barely has any separation of administrator and users, gives users access to KERNEL-SPACE (printing, etc), uses a less reliable micro-kernel model, leaves it up to third parties to develop hardware drivers with varying degrees of testing and stability, closed-source model, etc.

    That’s halfway between a laugh and a load.

    Red Herring Alert!
    “Microsoft doesn’t leave it’s supported versions sitting for three months without a single security update as CentOS just did. ”

    So having security updates is a sign of security? I thought patches were due to LACK of security, therefore not having patches is a sign of GOOD security.
    And anyways, at least it’s not silently patching vulernabilities like Windows, that TRIES to appear secure but is consistently proven not to be.

    “Fear? How about the fear of an unpaid maladjusted individual or individuals being unable to provide support for their software.”

    How about confidence knowing that if a software is unsupported, it can be forked and/or improved even if the author abandons it (not so with closed-source licensing.)

    After reading the above, Debian sure is looking good.

    And shamil, if you are going to be rude, don’t do so on a personal level. That’s not cool.

  4. oldman says:

    “GNU/Linux is a force to be reckoned with.”

    As a Server yes, as a desktop no.

  5. Formally, true, but the Debianistas have a passion which assures me that won’t happen. Of course, bad things do happen but it won’t be because they don’t try.

  6. J. Hammond wrote, “pre-caching of page files as a memory management scheme“.

    Ah, that’s what that other OS is doing when I want to get to work…

    I seem to recall a BSOD is M$’s version of a kernel panic…. I have seen some of those and very few kernel panics on installed systems running Linux.

    If GNU/Linux is so pitiful, why did M$ have to get OEMs to give it exclusive deals, denigrate GNU/Linux, call it “a cancer” etc.? It seems to me that M$ knows something J. Hammond does not, GNU/Linux is a force to be reckoned with.

  7. Language barriers are a huge problem on the web. Web stats are biased by language. Folks have a hard time searching in a foreign language, etc. I suppose one could use Google translate but it is imperfect.

    My blog is read around the world but a huge proportion is North America/Europe. In Europe many people know multiple languages and often one is English. Huge parts of South America, Africa and Asia are not populated by English-speakers.

    Your very welcome to visit here.

  8. Ivan says:

    Microsoft doesn’t leave it’s supported versions sitting for three months without a single security update as CentOS just did. According to Johnny Hughes they are installed on 9.3% of the web.

    To spell it out 9.3% of the web just went three months without security fixes in the wait for their 5.6 release, is it any wonder machines and services are going down now across the web?

    Fear? How about the fear of an unpaid maladjusted individual or individuals being unable to provide support for their software.

    And before you claim that won’t happen with Debian, nothing stops Debian’s security team from acting like CentOS. Nothing, there are zero safety mechanisms in place to prevent that.

  9. J. Hammond says:

    “Use Debian GNU/Linux, a real OS”

    People use Windows because it works, doesn’t kernel panic, has useful apps, doesn’t need esoteric workarounds, actually has an intelligent OS (e.g. pre-caching of page files as a memory management scheme), and the list goes on.

    Loonix has been around since at least 95 and has had plenty of opportunity to “take over the world” but hasn’t because it’s a pitiful joke, like you and the rest of FOSStardia.

  10. JairJy says:

    That’s because english isn’t my native language, sorry for that.

  11. shamil says:

    @ JairJy
    You’re message was lost in poor grammar and no sense of clear explanation.

    What are you trying to get at exactly? And you write slightly better than a 10 year old.

  12. Humour. I like that.

  13. JairJy says:

    This is nonsense. I’m using Windows 7, even if the file extensions are hided Windows shows any executable file with a fake extension (ej. importantDocument.txt.exe) as a executable, even it put in the right group category and shows that is an installer in the details pane: http://dropdo.com/2lh/Capture.JPG

    Even better, if you open it, appears User Account Control informing to the user that the file open may and will modify the system, showing a certificate of the publisher and asking for authorization.

    These attacks are more made by social enginering that by a Windows fault. Even Linux’s users can install malware by these methods, remember when malware was introduced on a screensaver and wallpapers in GNOME Look, and most of the malware on Android are installed by mistake of the users by installing a “pirated” app.

  14. I have met many users who have picked up malware from e-mail. They are to use the full capability of their PC because they run that other OS. I have corresponded with people who will not open attachments and they “turn off html”. They still get infected one way or another. One should not have to fear using a PC.

  15. JohnMc says:

    “The result of all this is users of that other OS are actually afraid to use their computers, afraid to use e-mail and afraid to click on any attachment. How sad they have a slave master who enjoys torturing users.”

    In reality should that not be, “The users of that other OS are oblivious to the way their product works.”? They have no fear. If they did they would not use the other OS and not spread virii around like a communicable disease….

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