Linked by David Adams on Tue 22nd Jun 2010 16:14 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Privacy, Security, Encryption A Computerworld editorial takes note of some interesting changes Dell made to the Linux page we linked to last week. They watered down some of their pro-Linux claims, but not as far as you might think.
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by nt_jerkface on Wed 23rd Jun 2010 07:01 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: From the article ..."
nt_jerkface
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For example, Google runs a million Linux servers, and Linux runs the London Stock Exchange.

Yet there exists very little malware which targets Linux, despite the high value of many of the target machines.


That says nothing about what value those websites are to malware writers. It's effort/profit that matters to them, not actual server value.

Malware writers are mostly criminals that want to make a few million and cash out. Trying to break into a Google farm or stock exchange is an extremely difficult and risky proposition.

When there are millions of Windows users that download random crap from p2p networks and keep updates off there is no contest when it comes to which target will provide the best effort/profit ratio.

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