Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Sat 19th Jul 2008 19:01 UTC, submitted by cypress
Linux Linux and UNIX-like operating systems in general are regarded as being more secure for the common user, in contrast with operating systems that have "Windows" as part of their name. Why is that? When entering a dispute on the subject with a Windows user, the most common argument he tries to feed me is that Windows is more widespread, and therefore, more vulnerable. Apart from amusing myths like "Linux is only for servers" or "does it have a word processor?", the issue of Linux desktop security is still seriously misunderstood.
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RE[5]: Regardless of the reason
by nberardi on Mon 21st Jul 2008 13:08 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Regardless of the reason"
nberardi
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Honestly I am not pointing fingers, because I know Microsoft has been mostly at fault because of its lack of focus on security.

However that being said, even if Microsoft has the great history of security that Linux has, it would still be the ideal platform for malware developers to target. Because it is a business decision and nothing else. Like it or not there are holes, a ton fewer than Microsoft, in Linux that could be exploited, but they aren't because the malware industry has to focus somewhere and Microsoft is the biggest and easiest target right now and for the foreseeable future.

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