A little confused

Ioannis Vranos cppdeveloper at ontelecoms.gr
Mon Aug 30 13:50:31 UTC 2010

On Mon, 2010-08-30 at 10:11 +1000, James Takac wrote:
> Hi
> On Monday 30 August 2010 05:30:03 Ioannis Vranos wrote:
> > 
> >
> > 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.
> Whilst it may be their responsibility to check their end it doesn't negate the 
> sender's responsibility to check what they send is safe. It'd be like giving 
> a poisoned glass of water to a thirsty person and saying they should have 
> checked it. Likewise so should you as the one giving it. Responsibility is a 
> double edged sword. It's like safety at work which is a far better example. 
> Not only is it the employers responsibility to make sure the working 
> environment is safe. It's also the worker's responsibility to do so by 
> letting the employer know where the problems are and by working in a safe 
> manner. There's that double edge again. When either shirks their 
> responsibility, that's when most probs will arise

So, have you installed an antivirus to your Linux-only box, to check the
emails you forward to others?

I do not think any home user does this. In corporations they can install
an antivirus at the email server, not at Linux-only workstations.

Ioannis Vranos

C95 / C++03 Software Developer


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