[ubuntu-za] Karma vs Windows 7

Raoul Snyman raoul.snyman at saturnlaboratories.co.za
Tue Oct 27 05:56:29 GMT 2009

On Tue, 27 Oct 2009 07:30:08 +0200, Corrie Strydom wrote:
> I think its also more a case of safe-browsing, Linux users are more
> internet
> savvy than most, I take the "ladies" here at work, they want to click and
> run each and every email attachment they get, or browse to verrry dubius
> sites.

What can an arb, Windows .exe do to Linux? Most exploits in the wild are
Windows-centric (thanks to it's widespread install-base). Also, how far is
an actual Linux virus going to get (if someone actually takes it out of the
CompSci lab)? If you're running your computer as root, you deserve what you
get. If not, your whole PC does not get affected (unlike Windows). So your
ladies are welcome to click and run each and every e-mail attachment, it's
not going do much on their Ubuntu computers.

That said, your statement does ring true. At this stage, *most* Linux users
are still the geeks and the computer literate, so they generally are more
internet savvy than most Windows users. However, as things start to change,
you're not going to see the amount of Linux malware increase significantly,
they have a much bigger hurdle to get over than Windows malware has.

Raoul Snyman, B.Tech IT (Software Engineering)
Saturn Laboratories
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