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Microsoft led this charge and did very well with its proprietary software. To Stallman, this “trade secrets” approach to software was anathema. He had nothing against software being sold for a profit, but he hated the fundamental ideas behind software being kept secret. He felt passionately that sharing software and being able to understand how it worked was akin to free speech—necessary and vital for the furthering of technology, and therefore society itself. How could the new generation of programmers improve on the previous generation’s work if they were unable to see how it worked?
Windows XP does a much better job compared to previous versions of Windows (and Vista makes even more improvements). But the situation is far from perfect. Windows XP is notoriously insecure and virtually every day a new security hole is uncovered. gov ) reported 812 security vulnerabilities for Microsoft Windows during 2005. That’s 15 vulnerabilities per week! com) advertised that its Windows antivirus program defended against over 103,000 viruses! fm Page 7 Monday, April 28, 2008 2:15 PM C HAPTE R 1 ■ WELCOME!
However, these computers are usually aimed at businesses rather than home users. Wouldn’t it be terrific if you could get rid of Windows? Would you like to finally say goodbye to all those security holes and not have to worry about virus infections anymore, yet not lose out on any features or need to make sacrifices or compromises? There is an alternative. Welcome to the world of Linux. Linux is an operating system, which is to say that it’s a bit like Windows. It’s the core software that runs your computer and lets you do stuff on it.