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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MS and virii
by brando on Mon 6th Oct 2003 20:47 UTC

MS does have the most viri because there are so many computers, that is what makes it hit so hard everytime there is a virus, but that isn't why they write them. Its because its so easy to exploit a hole in Windows than any other operating system. Code can so easily run on Windows and corrupt files quickly. With Linux, Unix, and Mac, you have to mean the harm, you have to do the commands to run the harmful code. Only way that will happen is if some one hacks a server for apt-get and put their code in there. But then again, with the hash file that comes with it, you can tell if you are getting good code or not. Hell, if Unix was so easy to use back in the day as Windows has become, then we would all be using Unix right now. But Unix was text based, and corporate owned to the death, and hard to use for the average user, thus the reason why Windows took off. Mac held in there but didn't change their OS till 1999 and now they are gaining again on MS, but there is Linux. Unix's cousin, say this is because its text based and use some of the same libraries and programs, that has many people working to make the GUI look and feel good so people will switch, and in time, they will. Forced due to MS way of giving no choice to its followers though to their licensing and security problems. Weither they go to Linux, BSD, or Mac, is all up to how things play out in the future.