Linked by David Adams on Mon 6th Oct 2003 19:34 UTC
Bugs & Viruses It's an oft-repeated maxim that one of the reasons that Windows operating systems are plagued by so many viruses, worms, and security exploits is because they are so popular. Extrapolating on this, many have remarked that if Linux, MacOS, or other OSes become more popular, they will attract the attention of virus writers. That may be true, but the increased attention will not necessarily yield the same quantity of viruses and other exploits, says a Register article. Update: Rebuttal article.
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by Thom on Mon 6th Oct 2003 20:20 UTC

The author wrote:
""When an HTML-based email shows up in my Inbox, I see only the HTML code, and a message appears at the top of the email: "This is an HTML message. For security reasons, only the raw HTML code is shown. If you trust the sender of this message then you can activate formatted HTML display for this message by clicking here.""

Just a note: Outlook 2003 does exactly the same (finally).


Anyway, I still believe marketshare pays a big role in this whole virus thing. Even though Linux is more secure (it obviously is) it is not immune. Programmers/virus makers etc. WILL, in the end, find ways around the root priviliges thing. BUT, *nix will have to gain more marketshare on the desktop, though, else the virus maker's work isn't worth it. As with bike locks here in Amsterdam; even the most expensive ones are easily "cracked" by our friendly local junkie community.

Anyway, I found this a rather unnews worthy article; not much new here. And kind of low to take a go at I think that company has done some amazing things when it comes to Linux' desktop usabilty.

But then again, you probsbly wouldn't have expected anything else form me, now, would you? ;)