osOpinion: When Operating Systems Advocates Attack
Sep 27, 2001, 15:50 (55 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dran)
"With the advent of such destructive viruses as the
Nimda worm, users of alternative operating systems have been
boasting about how much more secure their boxes are when compared
to Microsoft's Windows.
As if to say that their machines are somehow immune to virus
Despite uninformative comments suggesting otherwise, these virus
outbreaks are not based on questions regarding Microsoft's security
(or lack thereof). Instead, it's an issue of logistics.
Yes, Windows has holes that a hacker can work his way through,
but the methods of closing those holes are right out in the open
and available to every user that cares to maintain a stable
Alternative operating systems were not spared from these attacks
because of their supposed superior security, but were instead
spared because these computing environments are small fish."