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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 attacks.

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 system.

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."

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