Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Nov 2009 09:31 UTC
Windows Last week, security vendor Sophos published a blog post in which it said that Windows 7 was vulnerable to 8 our of 10 of the most common viruses. Microsoft has responded to these test results, which are a classic case of "scare 'm and they'll fall in line".
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RE[4]: They deserve it
by lemur2 on Tue 10th Nov 2009 22:39 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: They deserve it"
lemur2
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Until both OS's are tested in the wild with the same level (and stupidity) of users, along with the same level of focus from the bad guys, this really cannot be stated as fact.


This argument is getting very tired indeed.

Firstly, Linux has significant market share in areas where it is an attractive target ... servers for example.

Secondly, in Linux the "paradigm" for installing new software is not to download & run stuff from some random website, but rather to use a package manager.

I believe package managers have an impeccable record.

Over many years, for thousands of packages, for many Linux distributions, for millions of users, I have never heard of a single case, ever, of an end-user's system being compromised with malware through installing software using a package manager.

Amongst many millions of Linux users, there has got to be the odd stupid one here and there you would think.

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