When I was little, I was afraid of heights (to a degree, I still am). Therefore, you hardly ever caught me climbing trees or swinging high…anytime anyone wanted to elevate past my head level in any shape and form I was grounded..literally. The feeling of security given when my feet touched the ground was comforting. I knew from experience that the ground would be there…it wasn’t going to swallow me up whole (didn’t know much about earthquakes at this time). There were no pitfalls that I was aware of.
Fast forward to today.
I still get a sense of security by the ground being under my feet…this time with my operating system. I know that Linux doesn’t have any pitfalls, no security breached backdoors…because I can SEE the code. It’s like I am Indiana Jones being given a map of every single boobie trap before he enters the temple to get the artifact.
Some would say…but what if someone draws a fake map? Good point, glad you brought that up. The thing is, there are thousands of eyes looking at that map…hundreds of thousands worldwide. The authenticity of that map would be called into question within a few hours. Any problems with that map would be fixed/patched. That map would be 100% accurate before or within a day. Imagine if I had to go back to a map maker to fix this? They might release an update to their current line once a year if I’m lucky. Of course, I’m using this scenario to compare proprietary software and open source software. Both have their place and time…and for me that place is my desktop and the time is right away.
I often feel bad for people who haven’t considered what their OS does for them. They just use it because it comes on the computer by default OR because it’s easy. I don’t fault them for this mentality…it’s what drives many successful products (look at the ipod…it’s easy to figure out and use). Most people though do not have an idea that there are alternatives out there, like Mac and Linux, which is sad.
So, to help you along on the choice of which operating system you use is none other than MICROSOFT! They have included the Dual_EC-DRBG random-number generator to Vista SP1. This random number generator was the same one that was discussed on Slashdot previously about the possibility that it contained a secret NSA backdoor built into it. I’d like to personally thank Microsoft for giving yet another good reason (besides Vista itself) to move to an alternative Operating System.
The choice for me is simple. I don’t want someone to decide how my computer is secure. I want to decide myself. I’m not a moron…I don’t need to have my computer taken care of by someone or some company. I’m the driver, not the passenger. I don’t want an NSA backdoor in my computer, regardless if it is real or not…the mere possibility that it exists is enough for me. Linux gives me the freedom to choose software that I want and an Operating System I control…all at a cost of absolutely nothing.
Would you leave the backdoor to your house unlocked? When you park your car, do you leave one door unlocked? Most likely not. So why would you do the same thing with your Operating System? Choose Linux and take back your computer. The price is right. The time is now.
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