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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[7]: They deserve it
by tomcat on Wed 11th Nov 2009 03:51 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: They deserve it"
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Nevertheless, the argument that "Linux is not an attractive target" is utterly debunked by the number of Linux servers.

BS. Those servers are running a paltry number of services and are locked-down tighter than a nun's thighs. Those kinds of environments aren't as attractive as desktops because the cost of finding and exploiting a vulnerability is considerably more difficult.

Being closed source means that such applications are not auditable, but that does not mean they necessarily contain malware. They can still benefit from the secure delivery channel to end-users systems offered by package managers.

Again, it provides no independent means of auditing, which debunks your claim about package managers being safer. They're merely another distribution channel.

This is an incident where a GNU server was hacked. Broken in to. No system is invulnerable to a hack where a password is either guessed or illegally obtained. No malicious code was injected on to the server. No end users systems were compromised.

So much for your "secure" claim.

There is 11 million desktop Linux systems right there, in one small section of the market, in just one year.

And, naturally, ABI doesn't offer any details to back up its claims on what MIGHT happen in the future.

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