How Much Abuse Will You Take from Microsoft?

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-09-21 Print this article Print

Opinion: Instead of being masochistic, users of Internet Explorer and Windows should try Linux, or at least Firefox. (Linux-Watch)

Seriously, how many times must users and businesses be kicked in the face before they buy a clue? Before they realize that they dont have to stay in the abusive Microsoft relationship? The answer seems to be: an unlimited number of times. Take, for example, Internet Explorer. In the latest bad news, the newest zero-day flaw in the Internet Explorer implementation of the Vector Markup Language has opened up a gaping wound in Windows.
Through that wound, every kind of garbage imaginable—bots, Trojan down-loaders, spyware, rootkits—are pouring into Windows systems.
To read more about the latest Internet Explorer vulnerability, click here. You think youre safe because you do all the right things in patching your systems? Think again: This hole exists even in fully patched version of Windows XP SP2 running IE 6. Right now, this very moment, if you go to the wrong site with IE 6, your system is going to get as sick as a dog and You Cant Do Anything About It. Well, actually, there is one thing you could do. You could switch from vermin-ridden Windows to a desktop Linux. For businesses, I recommend SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) 10. For home users, Ubuntu 6.06, SimplyMEPIS 6.0, Xandros 4, or Freespire are all excellent choices. Not sure how to do it? No problem. Read the full story on Linux-Watch: How Much Abuse Will You Take from Microsoft? Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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