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Actually, something like win98 was a lot more secure than your average redhat box of the time, because it didn't have all these service ports turned on by default. At work, we'd set up various redhat distros directly on the internet and see how fast they'd get owned and needless to say it wouldn't take long.
XP complicates things because it opens up various services by default and the OEMs(Dell) make it even worse, but the biggest problem is not viruses per se, but spyware and various crap that gets run because of IE and people not knowing what they're doing. In the unlikely event that linux ever takes off on the home desktop, the same thing will happen.
In any case, the slashdweebs were out in force for this article including the article writer. Most of these idiots are in severe need of professional psychological help. But hey, as long as these dorks can pop in a mandrake CD they feel elite.