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"You can stick your head in the sand if you want to"
Who is putting his head in the sand? You have still not replied to what you'd think of comparing windows 2003 to windows 95, wich is essentially what you are doing.
"but the fact of the matter is that your average linux box left open on the internet, with the default installation services turned on"
Which is this mysterious "average linux box"? Last time I checked Fedora sets up a firewall for you, along the lines "if you don't know what this is it's safe to say NO", SuSe did the same and the distro I personally use, wich granted is not for newbies, doesn't turn on squat. So what are you yapping about?
"I guess it really doesn't matter though since nobody is really using Linux on the desktop"
Well. I do, and have done for several years. It works excellent. The problem you and your ilk have is that linux is not windows. You have to accept that. If not then fine. Don't use it. Linux was around before you chapskates who want nothing but a "free as free beer" windows drop-in-replacement. I'm confident it will still prospher when you have perished.
"Oh well, linux will be remembered as a mediocre server OS since the fanboys are clueless to the needs of the home consumer."
And some will be remembered with a great howl of laughter because of their stupidity, lack of insight in matters they speak loudly about and their total egocentricity.