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Re: [News] Even Anti-Virus Software Cannot Protect 'that other O/S'

__/ [ M ] on Sunday 28 May 2006 17:10 \__

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Flaw Found in Symantec Corporate Antivirus
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | Some of the largest corporations in the world, in addition to U.S.
>> | government agencies, might be at risk from a flaw discovered in the
>> | latest version of Symantec's antivirus software suite for businesses.
>> `----
>>                 http://news.yahoo.com/s/nf/20060527/tc_nf/43580
> Another excellent reason for paying for Antivirus software when free ones
> are available.

But,  M,  some  people  don't know better. They buy  some  Dell  box  with
pre-bundled  software and licences that soon run out and urge them to pay.
That,  of course, is an example of a system which manipulates the customer
rather  than offer his/her *control*. It's a marketing ploy, somewhat like
these  printing  cartridges. To generalise, *any *commercial,  proprietary
vendor  is  financially inclined to channelling a cusomer without  his/her
awareness,  e.g. DRM. This is among the raison d'être for free open source

We may be missing the main point in this discussion. A broken, closed-sou-
rce O/S cannot be fixed, even  with third-party software which  is costly.
If you want a reliable zeppelin , get one which is in tact.  Don't rely on
patches and plasters.

Best wishes,


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