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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Tiger Repellant
by SofaShark on Tue 7th Oct 2003 05:51 UTC

The OSS response to this issue (we don't get viruses therefore we must be secure) always reminds me of a Simpsons episode where Lisa taunts Homer with a rock. It goes something like this.

Lisa: That's specious reasoning Dad, It's like saying this rock keeps away tigers.
Homer: Really? How does it work?
Lisa: It doesn't! It's just a stupid rock! But do you see any tigers around here?
Homer: Lisa, I want to buy your rock!