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Comment: I stopped then started, then stopped then.. (Score 1) 417 417

I have an on/off relationship with Windows. I went fully Linux a couple of years ago then recently got back in to Windows (mostly because of my work) Windows 7 is really nice, and to be honest, with all of the changes going on in the major distros, it was refreshing to have a nice stable desktop that didn't change it's look and feel every 6 months. (Yes, I'm aware that I don't have to upgrade and I can use X instead of Y or whatever) I still use Linux in Virtual machines and on real hardware where it is the best tool for the job, but for me, for now at least, on my desktops, Windows is the flavour of the week/month/year/decade/etc

Comment: Re:Realistically all the need is a clear boot warn (Score 1) 389 389

Yes, because all "Joe Average" people are going to then panic and power off their computers. Most "normal" users that I know would look at that, shrug their shoulders and hit "continue", wanting to get on with watching their DVD, writing their letter, browsing the web, etc etc.

Comment: Open Source (Score 1) 1 1

I had (still have) an early-ish Android device (HTC Magic) and found that a lot of the applications wanted permissions they simply didn't need. I tried to stick to Open Source wherever possible, and the number of OSS apps in the market is on the increase, but we aren't looking at the next Debian repo just yet. I'm thinking of getting a EEE Pad Transformer, and will use Firefox 4 - and pretty much nothing else. I may look at other apps, but for now, I'll stick with "real Linux" for all of my needs outside of web browsing.
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+ - Android security practices? 1 1

Soft writes: Smartphone security recommendations seem to boil down to Windows-like practices: install an antivirus, run updates, and don't execute apps from untrusted sources. On my own computers, running Linux, I choose to only install (signed) packages from the distribution's or well-known repositories, or programs I can check and compile myself, or run them as a dedicated user--and I don't bother with an antivirus.

What rules should I adopt on my soon-to-be-bought Android device? Can I use it purely with open-source apps and still make the most of it? Are Android's fine-grained permissions (accessing the network, contacts...) reliable? Can apps be trusted not to scan your files and keyboard for passwords and emails? What precautions do security-conscious Slashdotters take to keep control of their phones?

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