Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Apr 2007 14:14 UTC, submitted by Francis Kuntz
Mac OS X "In case you missed it, there's a virus for the iPod. Yep, that's right, your MP3 player is a veritable hotbed of virus activity - but only if you're running the iPod Linux distribution, and only if you take great pains to make the virus function, since it doesn't really work. We can argue about whether or not this code actually constitutes a virus, but that's not the point I'm trying to make. The point here is that if it has a CPU, hackers will try to break it, and virus writers will try to write a virus for it. Given that there are probably only a few hundred - maybe a thousand - iPods running Linux out there, the fact that someone took the time to write this virus, or malicious code is an example of why Apple detractors clamoring that Macs aren't a target due to the lower market share are all wet."
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RE: Uhm, no nix viruses?
by Laurence on Sun 15th Apr 2007 13:08 UTC in reply to "Uhm, no nix viruses?"
Laurence
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2007-03-26


Actually they [Microsoft] did [rebuild their entire OS]. The NT base is completely different from the Win9x systems. Not saying it was entirely successful but it's a complete redesign nonetheless.


Microsoft didn't rebuild their entire OS as NT was around alongside Windows 3.x and 9x. Microsoft just switched from the DOS core of Win3 and 4 to the NT core of 2000/XP/Vista for desktops.

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RE[2]: Uhm, no nix viruses?
by google_ninja on Sun 15th Apr 2007 16:53 in reply to "RE: Uhm, no nix viruses?"
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2006-02-05

Rewriting a kernel is rewriting the operating system, at least technically.

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RE[3]: Uhm, no nix viruses?
by Laurence on Sun 15th Apr 2007 21:55 in reply to "RE[2]: Uhm, no nix viruses?"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

I never said it wasn't. I said that the NT base wasn't programmed because 9x failed (which the earlier comment suggested). NT had been around before 9x but was never aimed at the desktop market like it is now.

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RE[2]: Uhm, no nix viruses?
by Soulbender on Mon 16th Apr 2007 03:48 in reply to "RE: Uhm, no nix viruses?"
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2005-08-18

"Microsoft just switched from the DOS core of Win3 and 4 to the NT core of 2000/XP/Vista for desktops."

And Apple just grafted their UI ideas onto Mach/BSD. I fail to see how that is so much more of a redesign/rebuild than what MS did.

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RE[3]: Uhm, no nix viruses?
by Laurence on Mon 16th Apr 2007 11:11 in reply to "RE[2]: Uhm, no nix viruses?"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

The fact that apple didn't already have a BSD system out there they had to entirely rebuild MacOS (albeit with chunks from the Next camp).

where as Windows 2000 was never really intended for home desktops like XP was and XP isn't a major redesign of 2000. so the jump from Windows ME to XP wasn't really a revolutionary (for want a better term) step like OS9 to OSX was.

Edited 2007-04-16 11:14

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