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Go beyond Windows

These days I'm planning to completely move to Linux. Earlier I used to use Windows. Then did Lin-Win dual for a long time. And now,.. getting ready to go beyond... a Linux-only box. But,... actually,... the (evil?) spirit of Windows will still remain... whoa! Virtualbox!!

Why?
My studies at school will still need Windows environment.

Then Why linux-only?
Windows is so insecure. I'm gonna format the whole thing in ext-4 and put Linux on. Recently,.. two two laptops belonged to two of my friends were lost with their important and confidential data on hard drives. They both were using Windows. Windows filesystem and password encryption algorithms provide almost no security compared to Fedora. Soon,... as I find a temporary place to back up my data which is about 100 gigabytes,.. I will completely turn my hard drive into an encrypted ext-4 system. Simple, free, open, but secure. :)
Even if my laptop is stolen, nobody will be able to find out what I was up to, unless the thief is also a professional cracker.

What's next?
I need to borrow a portable hard drive, to back up my data. Unless I use a portable hard drive, it may be costly to back up all the things into DVDs. Then reformat my hard drive,... install Fedora 11... the upcoming OS on the newly created encrypted drive. Sometimes I may install Ubuntu aside. Finally get my data back and shred the backed up data to prevent unexpected privacy circumstances. :P Additionally I may set up Virtualbox to install Windows XP on a virtual partition.



Several people in our junior batch have become completely FOSS dudes,... so why can't I? Actually, for people who do Computer Science it is easy to switch to Linux,.. but for ICT people it could be bit hard.

Wish me good luck!

Comments (4)

කේෂාන්

March 31, 2009 at 10:26 PM

yes ayya, there are lot of FOSS dudes in our batch including me. but unfortunately i had to re-install windows last week because i had to use flex builder but now i am finished with flex builder so i will switch back to Linux again !!!!!!!

ශාකුන්තල

March 31, 2009 at 10:42 PM

But you can use virtualbox and install Windows inside linux, right?

Be careful when using encrypted drives bro. If for some reason ur hard drive crashes it's gonna be really difficult to recover the data.

ChuttaFX

April 5, 2009 at 6:08 PM

i just say ok. but i heard many ppl include u, says dat linux is secure than windows. can i know why windows is insecure? i don't hav too many experiences with linux but i feel dat linux security is same as windows security. both are breakable neda?

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