Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd May 2006 16:11 UTC
Mac OS X The recent ruckus about the claimed growing vulnerability of Mac OSX from certain sources has caused an indignant outcry from Mac advocates who claim the stories are mostly media hype. According to an expert in Unix and Linux systems, the outcry is not without justification. Con Zymaris has been working with Unix systems for nearly three decades and for the past 15 years has been running a consultancy on open source software implementation. Zymaris says that, while it is true that a Mac can get infected with a virus, it is not easy and it is not likely to cause much damage. What's more, Mac users don't need to install firewalls and anti-virus software.
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so it is ok...
by dvhh on Wed 3rd May 2006 18:41 UTC
dvhh
Member since:
2006-03-20

... to get my document corrupted by a virus ? or even having a zombie running while I work with my comp.
hey why not asking a hacker to run a bot on my desktop.

More seriously security alert even if they seem insignificant should never been taken lightly. As much as backups are importants.

Linux / BSD sofware are "more" secure because of the auditing tools available for these systems (audit of source code and audit of setup). Plus these systems are not for the adverage user ( or if they do use them they are severly limited in the use of such system ).

We agree that there is not such thing as an impenetrable system when it offers networked services.

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RE: so it is ok...
by Windows Sucks on Wed 3rd May 2006 19:07 in reply to "so it is ok..."
Windows Sucks Member since:
2005-11-10

? "Plus these systems are not for the adverage user ( or if they do use them they are severly limited in the use of such system )."

Hummm, my mother, brother, sister and grandmother all use Linspire on Desktops and Laptops. Granted Linspire is not great, but I don't worry about viruses, and I don't worry about them not doing the things they want to do, like Webcams, DVD's, Music, games, documents.

I don't know what you mean by limited. The only limits I see are the fact that some Windows apps are not written for Linux, but that is not a reflection of the OS it's self.

My brother didn't like it at first, but when he started to see his friends that use Windows dropping off like flies he was HAPPY to have his Linspire machine!

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RE[2]: so it is ok...
by rockwell on Wed 3rd May 2006 19:51 in reply to "RE: so it is ok..."
rockwell Member since:
2005-09-13

//and I don't worry about them not doing the things they want to do, like //

... using 99% of the software the see at Best Buy or CompUSA.

//My brother didn't like it at first, but when he started to see his friends that use Windows dropping off like flies //

No offense, but your brother must have some very ignorant friends. I've used Windows OS's since 1995, and I've had maybe a half-dozen virii on the 15 or so computers I've used ... and both were immediately detected and deleted by my AV program.

Oh, the agony of using Windows. Yes, I see it clearly, now.

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