A little confused

NoOp glgxg at sbcglobal.net
Mon Aug 30 06:17:59 UTC 2010

On 08/29/2010 12:30 PM, Ioannis Vranos wrote:
> On Sun, 2010-08-29 at 12:11 -0700, NoOp wrote:
>> On 08/29/2010 11:54 AM, Ioannis Vranos wrote:
>> > Antivirus is not needed in Linux.
>> Please don't start. Also please *read*
>> https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Antivirus
>> <quote>
>> For the most part, Linux is engineered in a fashion that makes it hard
>> for viruses to run (click here for more info). However, there are many
>> reasons you might want a virus scanner on your Linux PC:
>>     * to scan a Windows drive in your PC
>>     * to scan a Windows-based network attached server or hard drive
>>     * to scan Windows machines over a network
>>     * to scan files you are going to send to other people
>>     * to scan e-mail you are going to forward to other people
>>     * some Windows viruses can run with Wine.
>>     * Linux virus infections are theoretically possible
>> <quote>
>> It depends on the environment, and in my case, the first 3 apply.
> I am talking about Linux, so only your last asterisk line applies.
> I am not going to install an antivirus in my Linux host, in case I
> forward some document with virus to some Windows user. 
> It is their responsibility to have an antivirus on their machines, or to
> change their OS.
> And the OP was asking for an antivirus on his personal Linux PC, not
> some corporate mail server where Windows users connect to get their
> emails.
> So I gave the proper short answer, no antivirus is needed in practice.

No you didn't & your answer is wrong IMO. The systems that I referred to
aren't commercial. Every hear of dual-boot? How about having a Win
machine on your local network. None of that is commercial or uncommon.

Having an AV (or not) is no different than installing any other personal
application on your system(s). It's *your* choice. IMO it's better to
point a user to helpful links so that they can make their own choice.

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