Linux + XP = Virus-free OS?

Meet Linux-XP Desktop. More or less, as I understand it, it boasts of Linux security while providing a familiar Windows XP environment. It’s not necessarily a security product, but its features are very much security-oriented. Researching it, I found one article (didn’t read the rest, connection was slow). I quote,

We generally get virus by e-mail, USB drive, Internet browser via some malicious site. This is how you gonna stay safe in any way using Linux-Xp.

•If you get e-mail with virus attachment you can’t click and run it.
•If you browse websites, no spyware could be installed by your browser.
•If you get MS Office document with virus from somethere, you can’t execute the virus.
•Linux and it’s applications don’t understand virus code for Windows.
Microsoft-related people will tell you about tens of terrible Linux viruses. But what’s really interesting, you hardly can read or hear something about neither attacks nor epidemics related to even one of such viruses. If you don’t work as superuser (“root”) in your Linux system, getting access to your system is almost impossible for virus. Linux system is extremely stable and reliable. Problem with viruses will be absolutely the least problem you will face to in Linux.

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What’s more, here are the features. Again, I quote from the same site:

Features •Windows-like interface: The graphic interface of the system is quite functional, and comparable with Microsoft Windows graphic interface. Panels organization, menu functions, special adjustments of Nautilus file manager will make your work comfortable and effective. •3D Desktop: You can turn on 3D-desktop, with various graphic effects which will make your desktop unique. •Advanced Control Panel: Management of all basic functions is accessible in the uniform Control panel. You don’t need to reflect on all features of system. All adjustments are concentrated in the Control panel. Adjustment utilities have intuitively clear interface. Many utilities in the interface it is as much as possible approached to similar utilities in Windows. •Simple file system: For convenience of users all Linux catalogues in our system are hidden. The user working in Nautilus file manager, will see only four basic catalogues in the root of file system, with home folders in one of them. •Migrator: Windows Migration Tool which is included into the system will allow you to transfer your personal data in a simple and convenient way form Windows to Linux XP. Windows Migration allows to transfer e-mail, browser bookmarks, ICQ/MSN adjustments, documents and others. •Advanced network functions: You can easy share your file folders on the local network by three mouse click. Also they offer wizard for easy Active Directory integration for corporate users. It is linux integration service (LIS) client embedded in Linux XP Desktop. LIS allow object’s properties and security elements management from Active Directory. •Easy installation: The installation procedure of the system is simplified as much as possible and accessible even to non-expirienced users. The installation consists of 6 basic stages. Installer also contains expanded functions for the advanced users. In particular, during the installation of system you can redistribute space on your hard disk and change the sizes of existing partitions. •Full NTFS filesystem support: Linux XP Desktop 2008 includes the driver ntfs-3g, providing operations of reading/record on NTFS partintions. All local file systems are automatically mounted at loading system and become accessible to users Linux XP. •Easy program installation: Ultrafast and stable package manager.

•Advanced security functions:
Create special crypto-folders which contents will be encrypted with your password. By means of this function you can additionally protect the confidential data on desktop computers and notebooks from unauthorized access.
•Support of all modern formats of file:
Archiever supports rar and zip-files – OpenOffice with support for both OOXML and ODF file formats – Support for all multimedia files (mp3, dvd, vma, etc.)
•Virtualization
Want to switch to another operating system? It is simple – just install it in a single window and use it right in Linux-XP.
More over you can play games, do your development tasks, install windows softwares, enjoy multimedia center, use office program, edit audio/video, burn CD/DVD and much more. Its effective and productive alternative of windows, for those users who want to use windows in a virus free environment or for those users who use windows but want to use Linux also.

If you already have experience with Windows and want to quickly access all the advantages of a Linux desktop environment in your everyday work, Linux XP Desktop is the best choice for you. The main idea of Linux XP Desktop is to easily combine the best features of Linux and Windows.

•Easy install and run Windows applications.
•Work in Active directory and Windows NT domains, Windows workgroups.
•Used as a small workgroup file server with sharing your folders and data in Windows networks to other users.
•Logon to remote Windows desktops or servers in text or graphic mode via terminal programs.
•Read and write NTFS and FAT16/32 filesystems.
•Use secure Microsoft Virtual Private Network connections.
*** In short its complete windows with Linux protection. ***
*** or Linux in Windows flavor. ***
*** Sounds like ‘Linux protecting Windows’, to me ***

From their homepage, this is what they say:

•The most user-friendly interface ever made for Linux •Simple and clear installation and Windows-style setup tools •Full set of applications for work in the Internet. •Support of Microsoft Office document formats (WORD, EXCEL and others) •Useful tools for working with Windows networks and VPN •Full control of your computer, data and applications •Stable, dependable and without any reinstallation •Absolutely virus-free environment •Free updates through a simple but useful interface (no RPM knowledge is required) You will always know what programs are running and forget about viruses. A set of Windows-like setup tools allows you to perform system management duties in a way that is familiar to you.

To start working with Linux XP Desktop, your Windows-experience is all you need. You do not have to read tons of files on your screen, buy mountains of manuals, search the Internet for answers or call your Linux-guru every hour for help. Just install Linux XP Desktop and use it.

(Taken from:Linux-xp.com)

I’m not exactly familiar with OS’s. So I’ll be asking instead here. What do you guys think of it?

very interesting thanks for sharing info.

So it’s an xp themed linux with WINE built in?
Not a completely new concept, but a nice one nevertheless.

Thanks for the info. So which one do you think is better?

Thanks for this, will take a look (and play) when I got spare time to do so. :-TU

I haven’t tried either, I stumbled upon the one I linked to while browsing the internet.
Ylmf OS (the one I linked to) seems to look more like windows, though.

I have played with ylmf OS some. It’s still the same linux kernel. The only reason Linux is touted as “secure” is simply because there is only a FRACTION of the pressure by malicious code developers/hackers/crackers to actually compromise a linux machine. All the “low hanging fruit” is with Microsoft as the vast majority of people use it everyday. Don’t be fooled, linux is just as vulnerable, there’s just isn’t any major incentive for malicious people to hammer it everyday like Microsoft.