As an advocate of Linux, it's hard not to gloat just a bit...the whole "last man standing" thing with the Pwn 2 Own competition having wrapped up.
Yep...couldn't take us down with a head start.
Is that broken glass I hear...someone must have broken a Window.
Hit the road Mac, and dontcha come back no more, no more, no more, no more...
Ok, that's enough.
Here's my point, short and sweet. The Linux box couldn't be hacked with the friggin' blueprints to the system right in front of them. Think about what you've just read. Vista?
Propware...closed code. Proprietary system...Fort Knox-type security on that code.
Linux? Open Source, open code, open system.
With all that "open-ness", it sure seems ironic that so many doors got slammed in so many faces. Now I don't know any of these guys personally but I know their abilities and their dedication from a professional standpoint. Some Vista fanboi went as far as to say they didn't try hard enough because they didn't want Linux to look bad.
For Ten Grand, I'd make my own sister look bad.
But then we'd split the money.
So no long rant or rave here...just pointing out the obvious. These guys had the keys in their hands and couldn't turn the lock.
I know how many people read this blog...and I also know how many people really care if others are ever freed from Microsoft shackles. We talk on a regular basis.
About 106 of you. The rest may have their reasons for not caring...maybe it's a lack of social skills. Maybe it's just that they don't have time.
Or maybe they are digital welfare recipients just waiting for their next distro/check to hit the mailbox/distrowatch so they can scoop up even more free, open source software.
And keep it for themselves while the person next to them struggles with viruses and a constant BSOD.
But for the 106 of you that do care...this is an excellent point to make when you explain to our Windows-enslaved brothers and sisters why they need to switch operating systems.
Oh, and that remark about digital welfare recipients? That wasn't nice of me at all. Truth of the matter is, we've gotten a rush of offers to help along with requests for assistance as to how they could best help. It has been encouraging. But the welfare remark? It was fairly pointed.
And I meant every word of it. If you are selfish enough to watch others struggle while you have the ability to help them and choose not to...
An observation from some back-water blogger shouldn't bother you a bit.
Saturday, April 05, 2008
blather and mumbling provided by Ken Starks at 5:17 PM