[CS-FSLUG] Macs will eventually have malware

Ed Hurst ehurst at soulkiln.org
Thu Dec 4 07:37:33 CST 2008

Frank Bax wrote:

> I think that (at the moment) most Linux users know enough not to enter 
> the admin password; but if we ever see the year of Linux on desktop; 
> that will change.

Agreed. Having burned up so very many electrons reading the never-ending
debate on which OS is more secure and why, I'd say the whole thing turns
on the user, the one element technology can't fix. Sure, I believe Mac
is better than Windows, but Linux is better yet, and BSD still better.
Even more esoteric choices (Haiku, Menuet, RiscOS, DOSes, etc.) might
eventually prove to be far more secure if there are ever enough users to
provide enough experiential base.

As you suggest, the best defense for Linux as a whole is the collective
habits of the users. Should social conditions and market forces conspire
to bring Linux a much bigger market share, I can't help but believe
somebody, somewhere, will make a distro just as vulnerable as Windows
simply because people will demand it.

It's our goofy culture which fails to support computer security.

Ed Hurst
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