Gee. Millions of malware-ridden bots of that other OS later and some twit still writes, “The reality is that Linux is not more secure. It is simply less targeted. The fallacious belief that it is inherently secure is the same sort of faulty logic that’s getting Mac users in trouble now.”
The truth is you are thousands of times more secure with GNU/Linux than that other OS. The count of malwares proves that. The incidence of malware infections proves that. The prevalence of GNU/Linux servers on the web proves that. The fact that M$’s servers are becoming more like GNU/Linux machines with time is another. Heck, M$’s 2008 server can even run GUIless and uses scripting. Where have we heard of that? Oh, GNU/Linux back about 1995.
It is a standard military manoeuvre to seek out an enemy’s weakness and exploit it. If you are trying to run IT are you charging the enemy’s centre with it’s heavy artillery, enfilade fire and mines or are you going to flank him and cut his supply lines? We must do the same in IT. M$ has proven thousands of times that its software is insecure. We should run GNU/Linux. It’s the smart thing to do.
In my personal experience with thousands of PCs in schools I have seen hundreds of machines riddled with malware running that other OS and not one infected machine running GNU/Linux. That was not due to a shortage of GNU/Linux machines. We had plenty. The quality of FLOSS code has been shown to be superior to non-FREE software repeatedly per thousand of lines of code and with software bloat in that other OS, the bloat multiplies that advantage. Look at Debian GNU/Linux. Their bug count is a few hundreds for tens of thousands of packages and billions of lines of code (54 gB source code). That other OS has been shipped with no security and 50K bugs, many of which became vulnerabilities.
The whole design of that other OS is descended from a single-user system with the assumption that malware and attackers did not exist. The whole design had to be covered by layers of bloat to try to defend the weak core of the OS. This only increased the exposed edges of the system to further kinds of attack. Supposedly Vista was a rewrite to fix some of these problems but still vulnerabilities introduced in the time of Lose 3.1 were included.
M$ has a long history of adding features which later became riddled with vulnerabilities. There is nothing comparable in GNU/Linux. see ActiveX and SMB. Despite the obvious fragility of the OS, M$ did not ship a firewall until XP and did not turn it on by default until XP SP2.
To state that GNU/Linux is not more secure than that other OS is a plain lie. Security and malware is sufficient reason to migrate to GNU/Linux. Added to cost, performance and the anti-competitive nature of M$ the decision is simple. I recommend Debian GNU/Linux. It’s first priority is good software, not profits by any means.