Remote Desktop : Connecting to a WinXP machine ?

Vincent Trouilliez vincent.trouilliez at
Thu Mar 16 03:45:48 UTC 2006

On Wed, 2006-03-15 at 21:18 -0600, Patrick Siglin wrote:
> ...I  don't know how linux compares in the spyware and virus
> part since I have only been using linux for about 3 weeks now. 

I am still a newbee as well, but with a little longer experience, but
the result is very encouraging :

- Been using Linux for nearly 2 years, and the past 18 months with
Ubuntu since the day it came out. Connected to internet 24/7 for all of
that time, receiving 100+ mails every day (mostly via this very
list ! ;-), surfing the web hours a day, no anti-virus, no fire-wall,
yet I have not ever had any spyware, virus or any sort of malware, and
the web browser easily blocks ugly ad banners effortlessly as well.
So in short, it's a dream.

- I installed Windows XP this morning (had a little thing to do/test on
it). After only 30 minutes on the web (not kidding!), I got a pop up
window steal focus, telling me my computer was infected and I needed to
take immediate action. Then it started to pop-up internet Explorer
windows all over the place, with flashy porn/sex/games ads, the more
windows I closed, the more that would pop up ! After 3 minutes clicking
everywhere, it eventually calmed down, and all IE's windows were
eventually closed. 3 minutes later, it started all over again !! :-O

So really, I hardly even remotely consider going back to Windows, even
if someone paid me for it.
Sure enough, Linux (on the Desktop) has many rough edges as it's still
such a battle field and is moving so quickly as it matures and all its
numerous bits and pieces are being developed/debugged. But the strong,
positive points of Linux faaaaaaar out weight any quirk you might come

Have fun :-)


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