Monday, 13 October 2003

silicon.com - ITU 03 - Microsoft wants to make Wi-Fi hotspots more secure

I would say 'about bloody time', but instead I have to say that network security should stay on the network, not as part of some OS somewhere.

Part of the problem with the microsoft OS paradigm is that the OS is treated with such a degree of profundity, rather than the basic enabler between software and hardware that it should be. Most non-technical people actually believe the OS is the graphical bit, the user interface. And this suits Microsoft perfectly. Even those banes of M$ strategy, Linux users, tend to play into their hands by playing up the OS wars, rather than changing the argument and putting OSes in their place as merely the bit of software that gets hardware to talk to software.

If there's a problem with the network (eg. it's not secure), it should stay a network problem and the network kit vendors should solve their problem. But software is cheaper than hardware, and evolves faster - that's why we have it - so invariably the hardware people leave it to the software people to set their standards and pick the most viable one to implement in hardware. Unfortunately, this leads to a self-perpetuating lead for the prominent OS vendor, since, more often than not, the most viable standard is the most popular, as implemented in the most popular OS, rather than the best technology.
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