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Subject: Re: Spam vs. viruses
From: "Roger B.A. Klorese" <rogerk @ queernet . org>
Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 14:21:12 -0800
To: Rich Kulawiec <rsk @ gsp . org>
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Rich Kulawiec wrote:

They are.  The best way to eliminate them, however, is to not run operating
systems and applications which are readily susceptible to being infected by
them and/or propagating them, and many (MANY) users are unwilling to do this.

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.



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