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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Re: Will
by Bascule on Mon 6th Oct 2003 21:18 UTC

On my old NeXTStation, it was easy to NOT have to log in as root, so I never did. If a consumer oriented program needed root (few did anyway), it asked for the PW at install, installed as root, and plopped me back into my user login. Win2K has something sorta kinda like that, but it doesn't work well, and software makers don't seem to test with it.

Can you give an exaple of when the Windows privilege elevation didn't "work well" or a specific piece of software you were unable to install or use with it?

(the question then becomes does said softare exist outside of Windows...)