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Wow, yet an other impressive windows fanboy.
You can't run WinXp on the net without getting infected within a few minutes if you don't turn on the firewall.
Call author names, call him an idiot, tell him that he is wrong, because all you have to do to avoid the problem is turn on the firewall.
Does that in anyway contradict what the author said? No?
So was there a point in saying it? No.
And your comment about the precise security hole is equally impressive.
I know this will come as a surprise to you, so hold on to your seat, but every service that doesn't run is a service that can't be exploited if a vulnerability is found. That's why all the world but drsmithy and MS agrees that it is good security policy to run only the necessary services.
Finally, you are right, you would probably find lots and lots of security holes in a linux distribution from 2001, however this doesn't matter, as you can download or buy new versions of it. If you buy WinXP on the other hand, you'll get the stuff from 2001 with all it's problems.