There’s a hole in your mind
“Delenn, just before he died, the Minbari assassin looked at me and said: ‘There’s a hole in your mind.’”
“An old Minbari insult. Nothing you need worry about.”
Sinclair and Delenn in “The Gathering” – Babylon 5
You probably know this situation : You see a computer that still running an Windows XP prior to SP1.
Many times the reason for not updating is “why do you need to update?”. But in many other occasions its due to the “arms race” between your resources and the OS requirements.
I do not know if any of you noticed it, but Windows XP SP2 requires much more memory and disk space then Windows XP prior to SP1.
People want to use their computer for a period longer than one year. Or in most cases, as do I, using it for at least 5 years before needing to change or upgrade the computer. But closed sourced OS such as Windows, that “anything” comes part of the kernel (even the GUI !!), cause users to stop upgrading the computer.
And when these people stop updating their Windows, they soon will stop updating the O’ mighty AntiVirus , and practically everything else.
Another problem that Windows users have, is that most Linux users (well at least those that uses package manager), does not have is the fact that they do not read malling lists or web sites such as SecuriTeam, and they do not read any of my blogs on this site as well, or even as Matthew mentioned in his blog, the press does not really help, and usually the press even makes things worse.
Shouldn’t we find a better way to cause vendors to actually notify users on problems And make vendors to drop the useless need for arms race on every update, and only fix the problems?