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NewsForge: Linux Renegades

Feb 10, 2004, 01:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Miller)

"Did you write an email virus and sic it on the world? I didn't think so. I didn't, either. Still, a recent BBC article headlined Linux cyber-battle turns nasty--along with articles in many other respected publications--makes it sound like 'run-of-the-mill geeks' who use Linux are responsible for the MyDoom virus, instead of pointing out that this is the work of one or two demented individuals, not of 'the Linux community.' Another point that seems to be getting lost in media coverage of MyDoom and its possible 'Linux connection' is that all computer operating systems have zealot-users who think their favorite OS is a religion, and consider anyone who advocates the use of another one a mortal enemy.

"The BBC article opened with this sentence:

"The MyDoom virus has triggered a new wave of attacks on company websites. It is also looks like a new front in a war waged by those who want to preserve the open-source Linux operating system..."

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