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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by Anonymous on Thu 9th Oct 2003 17:20 UTC

Windows misses competition which means everybody uses the same security setting, even stupid things like autorun of executives, and if they don't run with the standard security settings than they are smart enough to work around the problems. On linux on the other you have competition normal user may run highly secured computers so a programmer has to make sure that it will also work on those machines so compition makes the whole eviroment more secure