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 Peter Moss on Tue 7th Oct 2003 13:14 UTC

> 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 ?

I would say a joy rider would choose the easiest one to break into, I would say a professional car thief would spend more effort in stealing/breaking into the car with the most value (which relates to Wahur's point).

Of course the analogy goes further. A Merc with top security is worse than a Ford if you forget to lock the doors.