Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Jan 2013 21:28 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Linux "If you consider NetApplications' data set, then Linux owns only about 1 percent of the desktop OS market and Windows has almost 92 percent. But if you consider all computing platforms, including mobile, than Windows has only 20 percent and Linux has 42 percent - and that would be in the form of Google's Android alone." No more or less legitimate than claiming Windows owns 92% of the market. It's all a matter of perspective.
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RE[12]: Marketshare
by lemur2 on Thu 24th Jan 2013 08:38 UTC in reply to "RE[11]: Marketshare"
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"[q]These apply to ANY OS whatsoever, as long as that OS allows users to run unsigned executables on a local system. It's the end-user that is the problem, and switching to Linux doesn't solve that.

Actually, it doesn't apply to Linux.

Yes, it does. You're only assuming that end-users will only ever execute stuff that was gotten from official repos, but if they execute stuff that wasn't gotten from those the same problem applies to Linux just as much. [/q]

No, it doesn't apply to Linux in that Linux has a useable solution.

I make no such assumption. Quoting myself: "It is entirely possible to run a fully functional Linux desktop system wherein every single package that you use on the system is covered by the Linux package management software."

If you do that, then no malware can arrive on your Linux system via a trojan.

Edited 2013-01-24 08:39 UTC

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RE[13]: Marketshare
by saynte on Thu 24th Jan 2013 11:13 in reply to "RE[12]: Marketshare"
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Counterexample: UnrealIRCd was trojaned and made it into Gentoo and Arch.

We've discussed this before. The repository system isn't magic jam that makes this sort of thing impossible, it just makes it harder.

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