Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Oct 2008 10:27 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Sunday we reported on an interview with an MSI manager, who stated that internal research had shown that the return rate for the Linux version of MSI's Wind netbook was four times as high as that of the Windows XP version. He claimed that the unfamiliarity of people with Linux was the culprit. This claim sparked some serious discussion around the net, but now MSI's statement is being repeated by Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu.
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RE: Doh! moment later on
by darknexus on Tue 7th Oct 2008 12:37 UTC in reply to "Doh! moment later on"
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Oh come on, hasn't that argument been run into the ground already? Stop flogging the dead horse, especially with the malware part. No one denies that Windows is full of malware and viruses. Know why? Because it's got 99% of the PC market. You really think Linux would escape a similar fate if someone really wanted to target it? Or OS X, for that matter? Yes, its architecture makes it harder and it would probably not be as easy to corrupt the system--this applies to all variants of UNIX and UNIX-like systems.. But is the customer going to give a damn when their data is all messed up? Oh crap, I was almost finished with that paper and now some Virus messed it up. Oh well at least my computer still runs so I can type it all up again. Never, ever, ever assume that you're immune to something just because it hasn't happened yet, that applies in all walks of life including computers. What is it with the Linux zealots running with this argument all the time? You're not immune, you're just not a big enough target yet, and they'd rather pick off the easy targets. Hell, even OS X isn't a big enough target yet.
As far as anti-virus solutions go, the free ones are good enough for most people honestly. They don't keep everything out but they keep the worst out, and that's all most people care about. So that kills another argument of the Linux fanboy, that you need an expensive anti-virus solution.
To make things clear, I'm not defending Windows or criticizing Linux here, merely trying to point out the flaw in this argument that many Linux lovers use as if it were a talisman. Linux is an operating system people, not a religion. Step back a bit.

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