You don’t need to breach the kernel to steal your info. All OS’s, even Windows, are more secure these shareman.exe- . initonceexecuteonce dll kernel32.dll. than the applications running on them, and that’s where hackers are focusing. Consider the Firefox PDF flaw they just patched, there were exploits targeting both Linux and Windows. I use both Windows and Linux.
I use Linux at work to run applications that, depending on the particular job, may fit on a local machine, or they might require 256GB of RAM and 64 CPUs on the master node, a few hundred CPUs spread out over the farm, and a few hundred GB of disk for the data. For this reason, these applications are Linux only. We use Windows as the workstation so that people do have access to the MS Office apps. Figure out what apps you really need, or like, and run them in their native environment. That’s the path of least resistance.
I figured why not get a real Linux box? Loading Luxrender on it was a trivial exercise. Lux is natively supported on Linux. Good comment about the case sensitivity.
Using as many freebies as I do, that could be a real mess. Linux is only as safe as you make it. The basic problem with security is that you have to spend the time to keep everything up to date, no matter which OS you’re on. The reason MS is going with forced “push” updates is that the customer support burden of having millions of vulnerable customers who haven’t installed the updates is greater than the customer support burden of people who have something that broke after an update. But it’s not just freebiesI’m still finding stuff from the store that way. You can also run a dual boot on your computer: Linux and Windows. Linux experience and maximum speed of native applications in Windows.
That is an option I grant you, but, as I’ve said, there are only 3 programs I’d actually need to use in Windows, anything else would be dead weight. MJC said that DS 64bit wouldn’t work in Linux because it couldn’t find kernel32. 64bit and is located in the SysWOW64 folder in Windows. I believe it is how 32bit and 64bit programs can run alongside each other in Windows 64bit. I remember an issue in Poser where you had to put a dummy poser. My Documents to get the program to work.