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Jun 04, 2000, 12:43 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

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"Linux users just sat back last week and watched the nickelodeon as users of Outlook struggled to stamp out this insidious VBScript that showed up on their computers. I use Outlook on one of my machines and I dutifully grabbed the virus definition file and loaded it into my anti-virus software back on Bug Day. To my relief, no instance of the virus or its clones showed up in my Inbox. Upon some further reflection, I was a bit depressed about this fact. Like Charlie Brown, I guess I wasn't on anybody's mailing list."

"My personal experiences aside, a lot of people on Windows PCs got hit with this virus, and it was a pain in the ass for quite a few days. Hard core Linux users proclaimed once again the superiority of Linux because their operating system could not be touched by this bug. In this case, they have a valid point. Let's face it, how innovative can Microsoft be if it leaves a security hole this big in its flagship e-mail program?"

"But, despite common belief, Linux is by no means impervious to attack. Sure, these e-mail attacks pretty much bounce off a Linux box like bullets off of Superman's chest. But even Superman can get whacked by kryptonite if he's not careful. And the kryptonite for Linux is the powerful nature of the operating system itself."

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