If well this is a particulary human harming virus, and in concentrated dosis, let not forget that each drop of sea water have 10 millon virus and 1 millon bacterias (and, hopely, most won't be harmful for humans). We live in a world with them.
Anyway, what would be the difference between a big corporation doing that by mistake or not, or terrorists announcing that they did exactly the same? Effective or not, that should had been ranked as a biological weapon attack.
1 millon is a very big number. Mankind odds for the future could be vastly improved if we send maybe 1000 (specific) people to Mars. Or to the bottom of the sea, or maybe just sacrifice them in a volcano.
Seriously, for sending big amounts of people and materials elsewhere you need more than rockets, maybe an space elevator, or a cheaper/more efficient way to send big loads to space (there are several alternatives for non-rocket spacelaunch)
The Microsoft that delays releasing patches for zero-day vulnerabilities so the NSA can exploit them first? The one that took 7 years to fix a known vulnerability? The one that took 7 months to fix a remote IE exploit after it was reported, just because it wasn't public enough?
And with linux, as long as you install from your distribution (that already have most if not all that you will ever need to install), you have security fixes for all of what you have installed, not just the kernel or a minimal core of apps.
Firefox OS It is already on market, and is probably very used on markets like India and South America
And to understand why it matters you must understand the players. The manufacturers are providing cheap phones where they can run without the restrictions/conditions of WP/Android, same goes for carriers (that are actively pushing Firefox OS phones in emergent markets), and developing apps considering that is Firefox OS around means doing open, multiplatform web apps, not just for one OS/device, that is in the end Mozilla's goal, if Ubuntu touch means more html apps, then it will be something possitive for Mozilla.
You can access and install apps from the Firefox Marketplace on Android, it turned Firefox OS irrelevant, or made it more relevant than before?
Considering that you can install ubuntu touch in several of the existing android phones, it is already battling with Android on the installed base.
It runs in different fronts. With WP8 is battling against an unified desktop/mobile OS (something that iOS and Android aren't doing). With Sailfish/Tizen is battling for developers of QT/linux environments (and getting enough developers will be good for all 3 platforms),
And as any race, your immediate objective is to catch the ones that are right infront of you, not the ones that are on top, To be the 3rd mobile platform is a good near term objective.
Was my biggest concern. Shortly after it got discovered was concluded that won't hit us. But we got a short time notice, in the case that it would be precisely calculated where it would land, and that be over/near a big city (even with the low odds of it), would be no way to stop it, and for some scale of cities 1 week of advice won't be enough (or will do by itself enough damage).
We should hope that bigger/more damaging rocks should be more visible and that we get aware of them with more anticipation, but in the other hand, we are using now the money that we could invest in detect or even avoid that kind of end of the world scenarios on saving banks of their own risk taking or creating new wars.