Originally Posted by Imouto
No. Linux performs way better than Windows even with an effect heavy GUI. I'm sitting on a Plasma 5 KDE desktop with all the bells and whistles and the RAM usage is 500 MB. You didn't see that on Windows since Windows ME.
And you don't need to be code literate to use a Linux desktop. It is far easier to install most of the popular Linux distributions than Windows. You don't need to enter a key. You don't need to worry about privacy. You don't need to worry about updates shutting down your machine. You don't need to worry about your hardware being too old. You don't need to worry about crappy drivers.
If people prefer Windows or OSX is because it is what they've been doing their whole lives. Linux is far superior for the average user and things are getting better all the time.
So what? Being honest here. I don't know what's the point of this. Something being niche is a bad thing?
What doesn't add anything to the conversation is some random guy being an antivaxx mom equivalent on these forums.
What are your thoughts about vaccines anyway?
What good is unused RAM? Uncached data is data that takes longer to get to the CPU. Do you only have 1GB and need the other half for the AAA games you can't play or something?
I would love to hear your logic, but unfortunately even you know that is not true. Linux has more options, and is thus more complicated and harder, even if all you do is click next on both sides.
A web browser is a web browser. It being on Linux does not make it better. Repos and management there in are a bane on all existence and should be burned. Play/Apple stores or the Windows way are beyond superior for the average user. The lack of anything at all but some text, check boxes, and a horrible search bar secure it as the worst way for a normal person to find anything, which is why it is not used on any popular platform. God forbid they need to add
a repo, the user is screwed.
To be honest, yes. At least if you consider it a race to be won. Every server in the world could run Linux and they would still be outnumbered by PCs. Though, in this context, all the people who do not know how security works are on one dominant platform. It is easier to get $100 from a million people than it is to get $100 million from one company, and thus the non-niche is targeted. Or do you think Android does not get viruses and malware because it is Linux?
Originally Posted by Questors
I wasn't being logical or illogical. I was not making statements. I was asking questions because I don't know.
Niche is doesn't indicate quality. The point could be that Linux isn't a major force on desktops, therefore it isn't mainstream enough in that environment for those with nefarious goals to bother attacking. It appears "safer" due to this. Should it become a large part of the market share, it is possible to find it full of holes. Based on what I know, probably not, but we won't know until that scenario arises.
The answer is yes, it does make things easier for people with less than moral goals in mind.
The issue is though, that security by obscurity only works until one person makes it not so obscure. You have a few dozen programmers trying their best to keep it hidden against every hacker, be it Black Hat, White Hat, or Grey, wanting in for their own reasons, even if that reason is "for fun". If a Black Hat were to break it, and share, no one can defend and worse yet, no one would know until after something happens.
When you open source an application, you change the dynamic; Black Hats still want to break it, but now White Hats want to keep it locked down, and they can help do so
. Your "team" grows in size massively.
You can fight the horde by pretending to be a tree, or you can fight them with your own horde. Only one needs to notice that you look pretty sketchy for a tree. Which sounds safer?
Originally Posted by thagabe
Are you for-real? Linux has more users than any other OS if you count server and iot
.... linux's open nature is it's power because anyone can extend or fix issues in the source code that can be dimmeminated to everyone since all code 'distributed' has to be released publicly meaning good patches make their way upstream so everyone benefits from everyone else's efforts. HEck! even the NSA uses linux and created Security Enhanced Linux which is a protocol to restrict access to certain parts of the system through mandatory access controls that must be set at boot so no changing this on the fly! Linux is a solid block of cheese compared to the Swiss cheese that windows is.
Yes, IoT. Clearly the best example as a beacon of upheld security protocols and policies!
It's not even in a block, it's just shredded, powdered, and served to the bad guy via confetti canon to get that fuel/air mixture just right for the resulting explosion.