Avira Antivirus Sends Linux a Breakup Letter, Will Stay Friends Until June 30, 2016

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bloodgain

Uninstall it, keep the icon. You'll never know the difference.

I kid! I kid! Mostly. A little.

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DoctorX

wtf? you dont need av in linux. The only reason is if you are running a samba server... but seriously, you do not need AV in linux. The arch is just not condusive for malware. There are exceptions, but they are very few and any security vulns are patched very quickly. I sometimes get a prompt to update software due to vuln at the same time it hits /.

It is laughable this is even a discussion.

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PCLinuxguy

the main reason is for servers (as you stated) but even so the whole "not enough Linux users" crap is what gets me. we're more than 1%, and every server I've ever worked on was either Unix or Linux, and small businesses that can't afford Macs or a license for copies of Windows use Linux. Heck Google uses Linux on all of their workstations.

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AFDozerman

NB4 the "Linux is dead crowd"

I've pretty much accepted that linux will never be mainstream. That being said, at this point, I also believe that it will never go away. Just like desktop parts, it rules in the server and supercomputer space, resulting in a trickle down effect that will always supply the enthusiast space. I believe the reason that the Linux installations [of their software] has been declining is that the actual OS is improving in the security field to the point that an AV is not required in a lot of people's eyes.

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DoctorX

it was a product for the comfort factor for new linux users coming from windows. nothing more... nothing less

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PCDOCTORIRELAND

Avira is utter rubbish to start with, over priced bloat ware.

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jgottberg

Ouch.

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warptek2010

I guess Avira hasn't heard of Windows 8 yet. If Microsoft continues the way it's going then they should expect declining Windows installations. As for Linux, maybe they'll have a new version by 2016 that is so easy to install and manintain that it catches on more with the mainstream. A lot of IF's, I know.

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AFDozerman

Honestly, Ubuntu is easier to install than windows. The big problem, I believe, is 3rd party support. Drivers are way better now than ever before, but still need polishing. Wine works well enough, but still doesn't fill the needed gap. Ease of use, while better than ever before, is still beyond what most plebs are used to, also. Troubleshooting more than a standard hardware setup can also be a bitch. Okay, maybe that may be a bit more than one big one...

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Xenux

+1.

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anc51699

If the only reason people don't like Windows 8 is because they can't take 10 minutes to learn how to use a new interface, then I can't imagine how those same people would possibly be able to handle Linux...

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PCLinuxguy

I feel the same way about Windows 8 and Ubuntu's Unity desktop, as both are in the same basket of disdain. It's not as bad as it's being made out to be. Is there a learning curve? yes, but that is the case of any UI that one is not familiar with. I'm faster going through tasks with Unity than I thought I would be coming from Gnome 2 and KDE 4

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DoctorX

well.. my 60+ yr old parents run linux mint and have for years.. and they will not touch windows 8... I think you are misguided.

linux (especially Linux Mint) is by far much easier to use... especially the last 2 years.

i have ran windows 8 since the start of CP and guess what, I still hate it.

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Xenux

I would be willing to wager that if you took a group windows 7 users that have no experience with windows 8 and put them in front of various linux distros with different desktop environments they would be able to navigate the linux machines with greater ease than the Metro UI. Now granted desktop environments like Gnome3 or Unity might be a bit overwhelming to someone whos never seen them before but DEs like MATE,KDE, or LXDE behave in a similar fashion to the windows start menu in that you click the button in the lower left corner then mouse over menus with self explanatory names.

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Eagle70ss

Well considering I can have a Manjaro clean install up and running in less than 10 minutes. That includes all drivers(even GPU) and nearly every application an average person needs for a desktop baked-in. Win 8 takes forever to install and get drivers setup(unless your using a backup image).Update time and restarts are insane. Plus the cost.

An update on Manjaro takes literally less than a minute with a single terminal command(sudo pacman -Syu) or use gui updater. And poof your running the latest. Linux is extremely easy to install these days unless you want it to be hard(pure arch). The install guides for manjaro, ubuntu, mint, etc are so easy a baby could do it. Way easier than putting together IKEA furniture.

In addition, most linux interfaces a FAR more intuitive than Win 8 tile floor desktop. XFCE, Openbox, Mate, lxde are infinitely configurable to your specific needs and were not designed for tablets.

But this is only one man's experience, you can do whatever you wanna do...

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Xenux

+1. once someone posts a comment that expresses my opinion I'm left with just giving said person a +1. Although I'll say that I played around with openbox just yesterday and yes I navigated my way around with it but I don't think openbox will ever be an average joe windows convert's DE of choice. I even found it a bit too obscure for my tastes.

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Engelsstaub

Thank you, anc51699. Post-of-the-Week, IMO.

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StirFriedPanda

I agree that Windows 8 is not as bad as some people make it out to be. The main problem I have with it is it seems like it's geared more toward tablets and touch screen. It is a pain to use on a conventional desktop/laptop, yet when you purchase a new PC, w/ a touch screen or not, it comes with Windows 8. I actually enjoy using it on the Surface Pro and Dell Latitude 10.

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levi122000

They should not stop in a few years windows will be to expensive then linux and bsd are all we have. apple will be gone and linux will take over.

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praetor_alpha

Yeah, I heard that one for years, then ipod happened.