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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Running Win2K as 'Root'
by Chuck Hunnefield on Tue 7th Oct 2003 05:58 UTC

"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.

I'm sure I'm not the only one out there running my Win2K in Admin mode 24 hours a day, ripe for the picking if not for other measures. "

YES!! Every student here (I'm the Admin at the Linden Hall School in Lititz, PA, USA), has to run our lab machines as an administrator for this very reason. So many of the programs we use will not operate properly unless you are a local administrator of the machine. This of course sucks because it really opens these machines up to all sorts of garbageware over time, but there's simply nothing to be done for it.

You would think that after all this time that software vendors would be more careful, but this is simply not the case. If we could get our users running as simply 'Power Users' or just regular old 'Users' that would be super, but so many educational titles are just progammed poorly.