Reader Mark Scott submitted this interesting variation
on Linux OEM netbooks: this one is bundled with Symantec's Norton
Symantec's Norton 360 is an all-in-one anti-virus anti-phishing
anti-spyware anti-botnet pro-firewall, backup and restore, the
kitchen sink, and much more. Annual subscriptions cost $79.99.
Comet sells a nice-looking
Toshiba NB100-11R netbook that comes with "Linux". It does not
say which Linux, but the customer reviews reveal that it is Ubuntu
Now check out the Accessory tab. There is it, helpfully checked
for you as a Pre-selected Accessory, an option to include Norton
360 for only 59.99 pounds:
This item will be added to your order so your machine can protect
itself against viruses, spyware and online threats. Norton 360 also
allows you to backup files and tune up your computer optimising its
I'm sure you fine readers are way ahead of me-- no, Norton 360
does not run on Linux, even if you did want it.
The product pages for Norton are interesting in several ways.
One, they're messes of bad scripting and overlapping text, and they
take forever to load on every Web browser I tried (Opera, Firefox,
Konqueror.) Two, they work very hard to make "PC" mean "Windows
PC". Three, check out their pitch
for Mac customers, "What is "iBotnet"?":
"Are Mac users under attack?
The short answer, no. Users of Macintosh computers continue to have
little to fear from viruses, trojans and worms so long as they take
reasonable precautions. However..."
I love yes-buts. So the moral is, watch out for those helpful