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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No one wants to acknowledge
by keath on Tue 7th Oct 2003 02:47 UTC

Seems most posters are not even acknowledging the truth of the article. That even if Linux and Mac OS X were targeted as much as Windows, viruses would have less success spreading among the machines. I think the article did a good job of explaining why that would be true.

There was the one Windows user though, who admitted it was true but said that was how he wanted it; because security would just get in the user's way. It would be too inconvenient to have to think about what program you were allowing to run unchecked on your computer. Just click and see what happens. Or don't even click, just allow all processes to run; that's the way Windows users want it!

And that's fine for him. People can allow whatever access they want to thier home computers. Personal preference and all that. It just strikes me as irresponsible to use the same system on the world's servers, where it impacts all of us.