Security expert Steve Gibson disses Windows

Steve Gibson, the usually calm, cool, analytical security expert launched off on a rant about Microsoft Windows and tells us

“Windows is a steaming pile of crap.”

This happened on his weekly Security Now! podcast when he was answering a question about embedded operating systems and why Windows was not a good choice.

Some excerpts, but I recommend the whole exhange (see below) –

I mean, it is just unbelievable what the Windows community puts up with.

I don’t think I’ve ever ranted before. But I just – it was sort of a wakeup call for me. It’s like, wait a minute, let’s just – yes, we’re going to move forward. We’re going to keep patching on the second Tuesday of the month. We’re going to put up with  his, I mean, with this huge, bloated OS. And again, I accept what Microsoft has done. But I just wanted to stand back for a minute and just say, hold on a second. This is ridiculous. This is horrific. And what’s happened with Conficker and with hospitals being brought down and with identity theft and, I mean, all the things.
Now, I take my hat off to Microsoft. I salute them for somehow managing to keep this massive Hindenburg called Windows aloft as long as they have. I mean, it is becoming unbelievably cumbersome and burdensome, even for Microsoft to understand their own creation.

Somebody built some nuclear reactor control system on top of Windows. Which is just like, oh, my goodness. It’s inexcusable.

It’s all our fault, Leo. It’s our fault for visiting that website. It’s our fault for clicking that link. It’s our fault for not rebooting often enough.
The entire rant is both amusing and instructive.  Host of the show Leo Laporte feeds the flames by injecting “I’m with you. You sing it, sister.”

The entire podcast and transcript is available at www.grc.com/securitynow Episode #192

The 15 minute rant begins about 23:45 into the podcast.

Security Now! podcast is an excellent weekly podcast on all things related to computer security.  Available on iTunes. I highly recommend it.  Also check out the other podcasts at This Week In Tech www.twit.tv

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