Linux for the Desktop

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| Desktop computing technology is making leaps and bounds on a daily basis.
| When the first Linux operating system appeared on the scene in the early
| 1990s, you had to be a hardcore computer engineer to make it go.
|
| [...]
|
| So, if your appetite has been whetted, a good place to get some rudimentary
| information on beginning your Linux quest is at Linux.org. Learn as little or
| as much as you like about applications, available books, downloads, and
| ongoing projects.
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http://www.earthlink.net/elink/issue136/infocus.html


Related:

[Cringely on Earthlink E-mail]

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| Here is something I wish I were making up. A good friend of mine noticed
| last June a sudden and precipitous decline in his volume of incoming
| e-mail with the numbers dropping by 80-90 percent. Was he less popular,
| less interesting than before? Or maybe some Bayesian filter had been
| imposed by his ISP (Earthlink) to suddenly spare him completely from
| spam. No such luck.
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http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/2...01_001274.html


Hotmail still riddled with spam

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| Microsoft has admitted that up to 98 per cent of messages sent to
| Hotmail addresses are spam.
|
| [...]
|
| The findings will disappoint Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, who
| predicted at the 2004 Davos World Economic Forum that spam would
| be "eliminated" within two years.
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http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/21...ed-spam-admits


Microsoft is the world's biggest cause of zombie remailers

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| In China, it would take about one and one-half years wages (for the
| average Chinese) to buy a legitimate copy of Windows Vista. If you
| could find it here.
|
| Microsoft is the biggest cause of zombie remailers in the world,
| because they make noises, but do not do anything to address the
| real digital inequities in the world.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=38202


The end of Windows, or a security expert gives up

,----[ Quote ]
| And then go and warn others to do the same. Windows is defeated - its days
| are over. It carries the worm inside. So whatever will happen next: RIP,
| Windows.
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http://wolfgang.lonien.de/?p=456


In zombies we trust

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| A little over a year ago, I wrote an editorial where in back-of-the-envelope
| style (.pdf) I estimated that perhaps 15-30% of all privately owned computers
| were no longer under the sole control of their owner. In the intervening
| months, I received a certain amount of hate mail but in those intervening
| months Vint Cert guessed 20-40%, Microsoft said 2/3rds, and IDC suggested
| 3/4ths. It is thus a conservative risk position to assume that any random
| counterparty stands a fair chance of being already compromised. * * *
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=661


Over 50% of corporate desktops infected with malware: IronPort

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| The report also reveals that more than 50% of corporate desktops
| worldwide are infected with some type of spyware with the rate of
| infection as high as 70% in the United States. Trojans or malicious
| system monitors represented over 7% of the infections. Rootkits and
| trick loaders, which reinstall spyware and other obfuscation techniques,
| make remediation very difficult thus prevention is the key to stopping
| these threats.
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http://www.crn-india.com/breakingnew...ies/66870.html


Botnet 'pandemic' threatens to strangle the net

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| Cerf estimated that between 100 million and 150 million of the
| 600 million PCs on the internet are under the control of hackers,
| the BBC reports.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/01/26/botnet_threat/