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Eh, to each his own. Every OS has its strengths and weaknesses.
THIS^ thats why i like to use all of them.
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You know why windows has virus' and security fixes all the time? Becuase it is the most popular OS, if linux became the most popular OS out there, it would start having virus issues to.
Kinda like mac, up until a few years ago they weren't nearly as popular as they are now, they have virus problems now. Not a ton, but some problems.
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So how is it that Mac never had viruses before? and now all of a sudden their coding skills went down the drain?

Im sure if you got a group of world class hackers, they could find plenty of similar security issues with linux.

the point is, people who write virus' want to target people that are ignorant, and to large groups, that includes windows.
They know the linux users know what they are doing, so there isn't really a point in targeting that small group.
o7 Thrasher. Long time no see =]

There is one major flaw in your argument: The difficulty with which *nix is infected.

Lets play out a scenario or two:

You're browsing the Intertoobs, and you come to a site you frequent. On this site is an ad that is designed to exploit the browsers rendering engine and compromise the system.

On Windows, applications are given kernel access without much thought [because thats how windows was designed], so this exploit gains kernel access and the intruder gains access to your system.

In Linux, programs are only given kernel access if they actually need it, and even then, they have to be granted the rights to access the kernel before being allowed that far. So, because the browser you use is designed to run as separate from the kernel as possible, the exploit gains control of the browser, but can't do anything with it. So, the intruder isn't granted access.

Not to mention, more often than not, malicious code [especially code put in a new file] is not given the ability to run purely based on the file extension. For a file to be executable in Linux, it has to be given the rights to be executed, and only the super user can give that right out.

The only reason popularity can play a role in infections of an OS is for socially engineered viruses, and Linux even has a way to combat those: The Package Manager.
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Sorry, I was at work. Let me clear up some stuff.

I did dual boot a few years ago. When I first started with Ubuntu, I wasn't sure if I wanted to switch to Linux and I dual booted. One day things went crazy with Windows and I decided to back up and do a fresh install of both. Windows goes in. I was still a Linux n00b at the time so I installed that right away as a dual boot. Then I went back to Windows to patch everything. Oy vey. Updates wouldn't install but that didn't stop Windows from reminding me that these updates were needed. I realized that I spent most of my time in Linux and I went to running full on Linux.

So that was good for years until just recently where Arch just kept freezing on me. I just got fed up with it and bought a copy of Windows 7. First, there have been a few issues. A couple of restarts during the install. All sorts of weird issues with my wireless card. Really, if eth0 and eth1 aren't plugged in, then default to the wireless nic that is enabled. I installed Windows Live Essentials and cut it down to just messenger. I decided I didn't like it so I went to uninstall it. Uninstalling messenger requires a restart? Are you kidding me?

Once you've tasted freedom, it's really hard to go back.
of course you have to restart everytime you remove a program or do a update, or install trivial programs, it is the way it is meant to be us silly linux boys and our only kernel-upgrade need to restarts.

but you have to love windows update procedure, nag you till you go nuts and click "download", then takes 3 hours to download, installs a few things, then nags you for another 4 hours cause you can't choose "let me decide when to F*ing restart" option, then you restart, and it seems to "hang" and the shutting down screen forever, cause it is actually installing updates there, then it restarts, and then sets for 5 minute to 3 hours at the "configuring updates 1 of 3" screen, then it restarts, goes back to that screen, restarts, and goes back to it. after an entire after noon wasted, you are finally get to the welcome screen only to be welcomed by what seems like an eternity loading process, cause for what ever reason the updates frag the hell of your HD and registry and adds another 3 gigs to the winsxs cause they are continuing to "improve" their multi-lib and .dll hell problems.

and the true kicker always will be, you have more "updates" available waiting to be downloaded and installed after going thru that process
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