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: Peter Moss (IP: ---.thekmgroup.co.uk)
by drsmithy on Tue 7th Oct 2003 08:45 UTC

I'm sorry but saying market share is THE factor is rubbish.

Agreed. It's a significant one of several.

Even if the Merc where as common as the Ford it would still be a lot harder to break into.

A poor, if deliberate choice of vehicles, but in basic principle the analogy is somewhat valid.

If there were ninty-odd times as many, say, BMWs on the road as there were Audis and Mercs, which type of vehicle out of the three would you expect the feature most prominently in statistics like crashes and thefts ?