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The Linux Tinority Responds

Nov 21, 2008, 14:33 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Varghese)

"Running a few Windows applications on GNU/Linux can easily be achieved by using Crossover. I've even installed Internet Explorer using this wonderful piece of software which is developed by CodeWeavers, folk who even had the good sense to run a promotion recently to mark the approaching end of the reign of the worst president in US history.

"The lack of an Internet Explorer clone for GNU/Linux has nothing to do with freedom - it doesn't exist because IE itself is not a typical application, but a series of libraries, the main one of which is part of the Windows system itself and cannot be removed. GNU/Linux observes the distinction between kernel space and userspace, a fundamental when it comes to designing an operating system. The golden rule is that applications can fail, the operaing system should not.

"IE was designed this way to provide functionality beyond that of Netscape Navigator during the days of browser wars - and this also means that it has opened the door for remote execution of code by virus, worms and the like, activity which can take down your entire system."

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