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; drsmithy
by iain peters on Tue 7th Oct 2003 07:33 UTC

"The user has to make them executable first. Did you read the article?
Yes. The process described for launching an attachment is identical to using Outlook in Windows."

Can you please explain how as you response looks like a semantic argument i.e. launching as opposed to executing.
In Windows (particularily in 9.x series) you execute a program because it has file extension of .EXE/.BAT/.CMD etc. In the *nix environoment, as you know, you have to copy it to the file system first, chmod and then run it. I don't see how they are the same although Outlook has now had that "feature" switched off.
"Funny, my default kMail install launches things like PDFs and jpegs into an appropriate viewer after giving an "are you sure" prompt." - have PDF's/Jpegs become executable or does your Kmail allow you to run binaries too?
"I can certainly name several *design* features of (most) unix-like OSes that make it less secure than Windows." - can you please name these "design" features, i'd like to make sure they don't affect me.

RE: Youlle - can you tell me where the registry is in your Linux implementations - are you talking the Gnome situation?