Readers Say ‘No’ to Antivirus on Linux

We all know the dangers. Linux always has been and always will be vulnerable to hackers and crackers and viruses and trojans and root kits — that’s just the nature of software that’s constantly facing the network. There’s never been a lock that can’t be picked; there will never be an operating system that can’t be hacked. For a variety of reasons we don’t need to go into here, Linux is inherently safer than either Windows or OS X — but dollars to doughnuts, there are serious vulnerabilities on this latest and greatest version of Linux we’re using to write this article that are just waiting to be discovered. We’re just hoping to get lucky and that the good guys discover them first and issue patches before the bad guys got game.