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: keath (IP: ---.bak.rr.com)
by drsmithy on Tue 7th Oct 2003 04:49 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.

No, it didn't. Apart from the parts where it was agreeing that Windows' popularity is one of the main reasons it is so vulnerable (see "monoculture" comments), it was mainly listing ways in which Linux was less capable and hand-waving about how "not being root" would stop worms spreading and dramatically limit local system damage, which is just plain false.