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You guys are full of shit. It is very possible and that is a verifiable FACT. And not only is it possible, it's actually pretty easy. Of course, if you could actually see past your own religion, maybe you'd be smart enough to figure that out.
Since you've been so very kind up to this moment, could you please tell me how, then? And please keep in mind that I'm talking about ppl who just use xp for everyday use on laptops and desktops and have no IT competence at all, thus the reality of facts is that they will never be always behind a firewall/router.
As to religion, I profess myself an agnostic in this field as in many others I use both XP and Linux for a living and I like many things of windows, of wich I had enough care to avoid malware since uhm, must have been 7 years ago.
That said the thesis of the article was _not_ that Linux is more secure of windows _out-of-the-box_ because of features or smart unix security design, but more because it's varied and thus offers a much lesser surface available for a specific attack.
Oh, and a last suggestion: calm down, we're just talking about OSs .