Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Another widespread worm/virus

ZOTOB is wreaking havoc at this moment. Sigh. I haven't been to Slashdot, but I can almost guarantee that theres 2^16 (+/- 3) posts saying "See, if you used Linux, then this wouldn't happen to you. Na-na-na-na-boo-boo."

Not that I have anything [serious] against Linux. I mean, I came from a *NIX background while in school (Solaris, actually), but then I discovered that developing on Windows (using VB3 at the time) was somewhere in the neighborhood of being 800 to 1900% easier [than doing anything with X]. And furthermore, I have written my share of sh scripts, even after discovering VB. But, I'd just rather automate using WSH and VBScript, if you want to know.

Oh, I got off the topic. I do fire up Linux every now and then to see what's new. For the most part, it's the same old type of system that I played around with in the early-to-mid 90's. I don't see many improvements to the UI, and that is what's stopping adoption by people like my parents and grandparents (a.k.a., Mainstream Adoption). Yeah, there's different Window Managers that are closer to Windows, but all seem to "feel" the same as other X environments.

So, let's say that Linux gets a kick-ass GUI that is easy enough for my grandmother to use, and it goes mainstream. Do you really think that it will remain as "secure" as it currently is? Do you think that the haX0rz will continue to attack only Windows?

Die-hard Linux folks should just be glad that they don't have the virus problems that we have. They should definitely not gloat about it, because karma is a bitch. It's only time before there will be an army of Linux bots waiting to take over the world, turning people into energy factories to satisfy their demand for more power.