Dell, the Linux Desktop and Timing
Opinion: Between Vista security holes and the Linux desktop's improvements, now is a great time for Dell to get into the Linux desktop business. (DesktopLinux.com)Dell may have picked the perfect time to begin offering Linux-powered desktops. Why? Because, the next generation of Windows, Vista, has just sprung its first major security leak: the .ANI vulnerability.
"ANI" stands for Animated Cursor Image format. When any version of Windows from NT to Vista opens up a corrupt ANI file with USER32.DLL, the program that loads ANIs, youve just turned your computer over to the malwares author. You can be smacked by it by opening a Web page or HTML email message thats been loaded with an ANI attack.