M$ has released a bulletin about next week’s Patch Tuesday. It is riddled with “remote code excution” and “privilege escalation”. You know, stuff disastrous to mission-critical applications. Some are for M$’s applications. Some are for the OS. There are too many of each. Who in their right mind would run stuff on that other OS?
All it takes is for some of the millions of bad guys on the planet to find one or more of these vulnerabilities first and your operation is toast, like CITIbank losing the details of hundreds of thousands of users or SONY being hacked or the Government of Canada or …
We don’t need more
- phoning home,
- exclusive dealing,
- stuff KLUDGED to the OS like mud pies, and
Enough! Use GNU/Linux to be free of this burden on IT. I have been using GNU/Linux for IT almost exclusively since 2000 and I have only had a few problems, not usually involving security, in all that time whereas with that other OS people are getting rafts of problems to fix monthly like a woman’s curse.
I remember a time or two when I was in charge of a mess of machines running that other OS. Once, a notice like this came down the pipes, but because Redmond WA is in a different time zone, I could not do the updates for many hours because the system was in use. I skipped lunch to do the servers over lunch. Some failed to re-re-reboot. I had to hook keyboard, monitor and mouse to them to find a driver issue had hung the thing up. Some failed to take the update from WSUS. I had to get the last few servers after school. I then found a half-dozen client machines had not taken their updates during the day. So, it tooks hours out of my day when I could be doing useful work, volunteering to be a slave of M$. It left dozens of machine-hours of exposure to malware that I could do nothing about. It was a couple days before WSUS reported that all was well.
I have no hesitation to recommend GNU/Linux to people just for peace of mind. In the past month we have had major players off the air or seriously compromised because malware/bad guys took over their systems. IT should not be this hard. The hundreds of millions of users of PCs have no defence against the malware thanks to M$. They cannot keep systems fixed that M$ has broken years ago. They cannot pile on the layers of security needed to protect that fragile OS. There should be a law against running that OS on the network, just as there are laws against driving clunkers or building fire-trap schools or storing tons of volatile chemicals in residential areas. That other OS is just too dangerous.