Lockergnome: Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer

Wednesday June 16th, 2004

Chris Pirillo wrote in to tell us about a new article on Lockergnome entitled Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer: "The time has come to dump Internet Explorer. I know, I know — you may have heard the same thing before from those that think it's cool to hate Microsoft; but I'm not one of those guys. I'm actually an MCSE and I happen to like quite a few of Microsoft's products. Rather than lump me into the Microsoft-basher category, consider for a moment why you use the browser you use, and humor me by entertaining the notion — if even for a second — that switching to another might be worth your while..."

#22 You are misinformed

by adipose

Thursday June 17th, 2004 3:31 PM

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I use FreeBSD and Win2k. I take great pride in keeping my machines secure, and none have ever been hacked. Win2k continues to be the best client OS I have ever used. It is light, stable, and has application and driver support that no other OS has. I eagerly await the day where I find a *nix desktop useable. Every year I try Gnome and KDE again to see if I can stand using them as a client desktop, but although many older bugs are fixed, newer ones always crop up that are simply unbearable, and the bloat keeps increasing.

I update my win2k boxes occasionally, but mostly I rely on myself to keep them secure. I don't use IE (I use Firefox) and I protect my network with a carefully configured firewall (currently pf on FreeBSD). I also have to update my FreeBSD box on occasion because of OpenSSH holes that arise. The fact is, no OS is totally secure, and all take some work to make safe. Windows may have more than its share, but through care and diligence, it can be fairly safe as well, while I reap the benefits of years of MS's work to get people to support their OS.

Your assertion that windows users don't care about security is simply wrong; many of us do care, and achieve it. Of course we hate MS for their sloppy programming and disinterest in stopping up security holes, but we know how to deal with these things. Some of use use windows where it makes sense (as a client) and use *nix where it makes sense (as a server). If *nix ever makes sense as a desktop, I'll switch in a hurry, because I love open-source and support it as much as I can. But I will not use a buggy, bloated, feature-rich but detail-lacking desktop like Gnome or KDE unless I really can't find the $150 to buy Win2k.