[Linux-aus] A Current Affair Report on MyDoom Tonight

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Wed Feb 4 20:14:02 UTC 2004

Leon Brooks wrote:

>On Wed, 4 Feb 2004 14:49, linux-aus at amos.mailshell.com wrote:
>>Leon Brooks wrote:
>>There is still the point that Windows people keep making that Windows
>>viruses are so abound just because it is so popular - showing that
>>there are a few hundreds/thousands of viruses for Mac might weaken
>>this point. 
>If that were true as stated, and Macs have 5% of the total market, we 
>would expect to see roughly 4200 Mac viruses. Probably as many Linux 
>viruses by now, as well. Yet it ain't happening.
>Cheers; Leon
That's exactly my point  - Windows people keep trying to blame the 
unproportional number of
Windows holes on the fact that it is so pupular, something Mac OS/X and 
Linux people know
is false.
The line of calculations that you (and Ryan) show is exactly what I'm 
talking about and agree
with you - the fact that there aren't 4200 Mac viruses can lead to a 
reasonable conclusion that
this is so because Mac and Linux are more secure.


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