This makes perfect sense, since the leaked NSA story all over the media, people are looking for systems and OS software that are more secure and not ‘spying’ on them. MS has a HUGE problem on their hands now that everyone knows there are government ‘backdoors’ in all Windows versions since Win95. Does anyone remember the Russian government saying they were getting rid of Windows and moving to Linux for their IT infrastructure? In reports as early as 2002, they have been quietly moving parts of the government onto Linux, and in December 2010 Putin signed an order mandating the shift to Linux for government systems by 2015. Maybe they knew something before we did.
Linux has always been a great OS, there just hasn’t been much incentive for companies to develop for it. It may be that the tide is beginning to turn. Look at the success of Android, Chrome, and Ubuntu or Valve’s Steam platform. Every day I’m hearing about crowd funding projects based on some kind of ‘thin’ Linux OS. With all the Raspberry Pi kits and other open source/Linux projects going on everywhere this makes investing in Linux seem like a smart move right now.
But? Linux is free.
Uh, no... first the NSA is involved with the Linux Kernel development... “SELinux is an implementation of mandatory access controls (MAC) on Linux”! So at the very least the NSA knows how it works inside and out!
Second, modern surveillance is mainly about the networks you're using and not about the software on your computer. Even the most secure systems can be spied upon if they really want to target you!
Like malware, using Linux may help a bit but nothing is fool proof!
This is all true. It’s really more of a perceived sense of security, and no networked system is truly secure from all threats, but most will argue that Linux is more secure than Windows. This is why I think people will flock to it more now, whether it true or not. The NSA stories are simple driving more demand for ‘secure’ systems.
Anything that’s transmitted through a network will always be ‘fair-game’ for people with access, the right tools, and enough time. I’ve never had the time to get deep into Linux. But from what I have seen, it’s usually easier to ‘see’ what’s happening in the background on a Linux system. And correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t there more flexibility and control in the ability to turn features on or off in Linux (thus creating fewer weak points)?
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