lp wrote:In a move to avoid having to pay for virus protection or losing all my data eventually, I replaced XP with Ubuntu on my laptop. My other machine is a mac so now I can't do any testing. I wanted to, but I just don't trust windows, it had to go.
You're talking out of your arse mate I'm afraid. For a start AVG
is a free virus checker (with real-time scanning if you really think you need it) which takes me to my second point- the chances of you catching a virus these days, let alone one that will start erasing your data, is minuscule. You catch viruses from e-mail attachments and literally downloading and running them yourself (I admit, I've done that through P2P and I was stupid to do so but then you should never run an executable on any operating system, including GEM, that you know nothing about). As made clear, the second can be avoided by not being an eejut, and the first is scanned by AVG before you're able to even read it, if not by your ISP before-hand too.
What you're more likely to be infected with nowadays is Spyware which is more of an annoyance rather than a threat; Adaware
and many other free applications will get rid of that stuff (which you should only need to do once a month). To say you can't trust Windows is archaic I'm afraid. As long as you adhere to the three precautionary measures you'll be plain-sailing: Windows Updates, Firewall (free one comes with XP which does the job) & Malware protection (that's Spyware, viruses, the whole nasty caboodle which can be managed for free).
Anyway, to actually give you some help rather than just continue to knock your mistrust with a certain Microsoft product, I advise that you dual-boot Linux and Windows using one of the Linux boot-loaders which allows you to choose whichever OS you want at start-up. It's not hard to do as long as you read things carefully believe me and will give you the best of both worlds. Linux is great but does involve a certain amount of reinventing the wheel; one thing is that a lot of other people find this to be and so dual-booting is documented heavily amongst the myriad of websites dedicated to the myriad of Linux distros.
Good luck with it all and I hope you can get back to what you wanted to be doing in the first place. Feel free to PM me if you need more help.