One of the main reasons I’m not running Windows

At work I received an email similar to this:

Subject: Client patching time

Apple Quicktime: (link)

Macromedia Flash: (link)

RealNetworks Real Player: (link)

As well as these, the Microsoft Internet Explorer vulnerability has not been fixed, and there is exploit code out there:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/11/22/ie_exploit/

Let’s be careful out there, now…

This is a wonderful example of just how broken the Windows platform is when it comes to security updates. Am I, as a regular user, really supposed to monitor the site of every application I’ve installed for security updates? I simply don’t have the time! I’ve decided to say “thanks, but no thanks”, instead I avoid proprietary applications and run apt-get update; apt-get upgrade to keep up-to-date on security.