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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I found the article rather well written and argued.
That said, I wonder whether my Windows 2000 system is
any less secure than my Linux systems.

As a home user, I tend to shut down non-essential
services. I regularly restrict what programs I allow
to start at boot. I scan regularly for viruses and
spyware. I use a firewall that allows program by
program access to the LAN and the Internet (Internet
Explorer gets no permission to do anything).

The author makes the valid point that one cannot just
launch an attachment or download. On a Windows
machine, I might get a brain freeze, but my firewall
should catch what is launching, if it tries to call
out. Indeed, that's a feature I miss on Linux, a
firewall that monitors the programs that call out,
and that can detect any changes that occur.

The flip side, is that such security in Windows is
more work. With Linux I save time. Even with dual
boot systems, people must run Linux to check their
e-mail.