I've been using Redhat Linux for about a year, and just upgraded to Redhat 9 without any noticable problems. Linux can be downloaded and installed for Free. I downloaded and installed Netscape 7 from Netscape.com without problems, except for getting Java to work with Netscape takes a little research.
I have not experienced any virus, worms or trojans with my Linux as most are made to exploit vulnerabilities of Microsoft products. I can open email which may contain viruses or visit questionable websites (usually unintended!) and a Windows .Exe file maybe downloaded which can not be executed in a non Windows environment.
My Linux includes major applications which can read files intended for Windows applications, such as Word Documents and Excel Spreadsheets. Thusly, I don't have to buy separate office programs. Data Bases are included, A web server, FTP servers and firewalls.
Linux may not be for everyone, but for the present time it is more secure than Windows.
By Guest on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 - 05:10 am:
I have upgraded to Fedora, Redhat's new Linux distribution, since Redhat will not be supporting Redhat 9 sometime in the near future!
By Silk on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 - 10:21 pm:
*appears in a puff of purple smoke* Did someone say REDHEAD???....ooooOOOOOOOh...sorry...that was REDHAT!!!...*disappears in a flash of light*