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Linux creator says Windows, OS X, iOS and Android are all malware


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#1 JohnC_21

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 10:25 AM

According to Stallman’s post in The Guardian, any software that’s not distributed free of charge can be considered malware. “In the 21st century, proprietary software is computing for suckers,” he wrote.

 

Stallman says OS software is currently designed to spy on users, shackle them via DRM and even have backdoors that can be used for malicious purposes.

 

“What kinds of programs constitute malware? Operating systems, first of all,” he said. “Windows snoops on users, shackles users and, on mobiles, censors apps; it also has a universal back door that allows Microsoft to remotely impose software changes. Microsoft sabotages Windows users by showing security holes to the NSA before fixing them.”

 

 

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 10:51 AM

RIchard Stallman did is not the "creator" of Linux;  that honour belongs to Linus Torvalds.  Richard Stallman has been involved in the open source movement for a very long time and has created or helped create many of the tools and other infrastructure in a Linux distribution (gcc, glibc, emacs, etc).  It may seem like a distinction without a difference, but it's an important one.

 

Now as for his first point above, I agree with.  The rest, well I think that's primarily Microsoft acting just like any other defacto monoply in any market;  his comments about security holes and the NSA is interesting.


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Posted 26 May 2015 - 12:12 PM

"In the 21st century, proprietary software is computing for suckers,"

I would certainly agree with that part, Every program* I run is free software, a decent proportion of them are open source, most of the best ones anyway. I look forward to when I get a chance to start testing linux so I can have a free and open source operating system as well as programs running on it.

The rest of his arguments also make good sense, and I certainly agree it is wrong when software is designed to shackle it's users.


*I'm currently a windows user so my programs might be free, and mainly open source, but my OS isn't. I look to start testing with live linux very soon.

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Posted 27 May 2015 - 05:28 AM

Very interesting perspective, and one that I won't argue with. Any OS that uses information to track the end-users behaviour should rightly be called malware.


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Posted 27 May 2015 - 06:06 AM

"They say when you play a Microsoft CD backwards you can hear satanic messages ..... but that's nothing, if you play it forward it will install Windows"



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Posted 27 May 2015 - 08:22 AM

Very interesting perspective, and one that I won't argue with. Any OS that uses information to track the end-users behaviour should rightly be called malware.

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Nick, last time I tried that I got a BSOD.


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Posted 27 May 2015 - 10:56 AM

"They say when you play a Microsoft CD backwards you can hear satanic messages ..... but that's nothing, if you play it forward it will install Windows"

 

 

So it is the same backward and forward.


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Posted 29 May 2015 - 12:52 PM

Linus Torvalds created the kernel for the Linux OS. Richard Stallman created the rest of the OS back in the eighties.


A/V Software? I don't need A/V software. I've run Linux since '98 w/o A/V software and have never had a virus. I never even had a firewall until '01 when I began to get routers with firewalls pre installed. With Linux if a vulnerability is detected a fix is quickly found and then upon your next update the vulnerability is patched.  If you must worry about viruses  on a Linux system only worry about them in the sense that you can infect a windows user. I recommend Linux Mint or, if you need a lighter weight operating system that fits on a cd, MX14 or AntiX.





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