On Sun, Feb 23, 2003 at 02:21:12PM -0800, Roger B.A. Klorese wrote:
> I am willing to bet that, if Linux actually ever does increase its
> desktop market share, the number of viruses/worms for it will go up
> tremendously as well, for two reasons:
> 1) Only critical mass will make anyone care to write them.
> 2) As a more naive user community comes on-board, they will update their
> systems to reflect security advisories much less frequently than the
> geekerie do.
You're probably right. I look forward to sufficient desktop market
share for Linux and the like to enable this prediction to be tested.
However, I didn't specifically mention Linux (preferring OpenBSD myself).
I do note, however, that (a) the last time a Unix/Linux-based virus/worm
had significant operational impact on the Internet was November 3, 1988,
and (b) a key component in its propagation (sendmail) still enjoys quite a
large market share to this day, even though postfix, exim, etc. have
eroded it somewhat.