I was just reading about this worm this morning and started busting up laughing... I just decided to try out Ubuntu. As a matter of fact, I got the
download on tuesday, had it up and running by the next night, and spent the next couple nights (til 4AM this morning) trying to figure out how the
hell to get Ubuntu Studio to a second partition without a DVD, then getting it to boot (just had to swap my GRUB menu files between the 2 OS's).
I've been trying for years to get away from Windows... tried a couple shell replacements (unfortunately doesn't replace the kernel, lol), SUSE,
Fedora Core... I'm stoked on Linux now... reminds me of the old days of IRC warscripts and security scripts.
BTW, Ubuntu Studio I can get down to 2ms latency with my DSP24! It runs fast, and supports 64bit architechture... just wish I could get Everquest up
and running... I can't replace that, lol. For recording and music I've been using Acid Pro 6, Reason 2.5, T-Racks, plus a bunch of VST plugins (of
which I will miss one... Amplitube... not sure if there's an emulator to run VST with Audacity... haven't got that far yet).
Sum up my post... #$%@ MICROSOFT! I'M A FREE MAN! No, really... Ubuntu was FREE!! HAHAHA!!! (not that I ever payed money for a MS OS thanks to
preinstalled OEM software... although considering the problems I've had over the years, I HAVE payed for it).
BTW, no firewalls or antivirus ever installed on my Windows OS's, and I only averaged about 1 virus a year, and 1 worm every 5 or so... and I cruise
extensively through porn and other questionable sites, as well as I used to do alot of P2P (I collect music videos... way kewler than mp3's!).
The one time I decided to use the 3-month Norton (which I could reactivate by re-installing my OS, lmao!) I got 7 viruses. WTF?!? I have MANY guru
friends that have confirmed the same thing on their own systems. It doesn't take a genius to tell something isn't running right after an internet
session, kinda like noticing a small ticking sound when you drive your car. I'm really hands on with my equipment and software, though.
About this worm... I didn't read anything that said what it did besides using resources to reproduce itself. Is it an attack worm? Nuke, data hack?
Is it anything like (or is it THE) virus that hijacks your screen saver and throws up a BSOD? (I got that one about 2 weeks ago... something in the
way I set up my systems always fooks with viruses and limits their capabilities... been doing that since WIN95. It threw the screen up, I rebooted to
see if it was real BSOD, and got it again. Went in and simply removed any files that had been created since the day before, did backup and was good to
go. Everyone else I know couldn't make it 10 seconds without that stupid screen saver taking over.)
So, Yes... I have been laughing all day long, every time I come across the article.
BTW, MAC users who may be interested in a computer that doesn't have to use branded hardware, you know... like a PC... give Linux a try. My
experiencce is that SUSE is a hog. Fedora just didn't feel right, but Ubuntu is just right. It kinda reminds me of OSX. Should give it a try. Heck,
the OS is free, AMD64 X2 motherboard combo is about $150, vid card $150, HDD $100, RAM $100 and a case/PSU for $50. Cheaper than a MAC, runs just as