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Comment Re:Sadly (Score 5, Insightful) 360

Sure, if your attackers will never try to crack any of your users' passwords...

A username could be anything, but root is always root. Disabling the root password means a cracker needs to take the additional step of identifying a valid user account to target. Not a particularly large step, perhaps, but a step nonetheless.

Comment Re:From the No Duh Dept. (Score 1) 801

What view? Is there anything in my post that suggested I was trying to promote a particular conclusion, or that I'd even come to one? No.

By meaningful statistics, I mean those based on useful data including, but perhaps not limited to, the variables I mentioned. Stop being a presumptuous twat and address the content of what people say rather than your cynical interpretation of their motives.

Comment Re:Closed platform (Score 1) 232

The shovelware problem is clearly far, far worse on Nintendo platforms. Why is the question...

Nintendo have the best-selling platforms, simple as that. The PlayStation and PS2, as the best-selling consoles of their generations, also spawned heaps of 3rd party shite. Some publishers, such as Midas for example, seem to base their entire business on such titles.

Comment Judge not impressed (Score 5, Informative) 213

"Simon Singh, author, television presenter and known critic of pseudoscience, is in court today...

Well, given that it is now approaching 9PM in the UK, it is more correct to say Simon Singh was in court today. And so far things look promising – Lord Judge is less than impressed by BCA's case. See http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2010/02/simon-singh-chiropractic-bca-libel-appeal

Comment Look and feel (Score 1) 766

What I'm concerned about is OS look-and-feel and interface — system bar on the bottom with clock, trash, info on the right, menu on the left ...

Any distro running GNOME, KDE or XFCE (that is, almost any distro by default) can be easily configured in this manner.

... menu items similar to those of Windows.

For the love of God, no. This is one of the areas where Linux by and large kills Windows in terms of usability. It won't take long for them to appreciate the (mostly) logical grouping of programs in, for instance, Ubuntu's applications menu. The Windows Start menu is a nightmare by comparison.

Are there themes/skins for mainstream distributions instead?

Sure, but I wouldn't recommend them. Whilst I'm all for easing the transition, there's nothing wrong with at least acknowledging that a transition is taking place, so just give them a "normal" GNOME of KDE desktop.

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