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Submission + - Why Linux Will Never Suffer From Viruses Like Windows Does (

MojoKid writes: "There seems to be a recurring phenomenon in the technology press, where any trojan that affects Linux or Macs becomes front page news. On the other hand, trojans that affect Windows are mostly ignored, perhaps because this is considered to be the normal state of affairs. While no general purpose operating system can be 100% secure from viruses and trojans, obviously, market share is not the end-all force multiplier that it is commonly depicted to be by proponents of mainstream operating systems. Let's take a look at not only the differences in Linux's execution, but factors intrinsic to its open source nature that allow it to enjoy specific advantages in security which just can't be matched by proprietary software. Even if it had similar market share, it is extremely unlikely that Linux would ever have the same number of exploits as we see in closed-source ecosystems such as Windows. This is a direct result of the open nature, which allows for innumerable companies and hobbyists to access and maintain all portions of the system. Linux will always have more eyes looking through the code to make it secure, than there are eyes looking through the code to exploit it."
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Why Linux Will Never Suffer From Viruses Like Windows Does

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