Quote: Originally Posted by d0od
Not a chance - and it's not all to do with 'dey gotz market share' a lot of current viruses and malware are windows only because Windows was such a patchy, hole ridden OS to start with.
Windows 7 will likely be the most secure Windows OS yet... but that's not saying much if you can connect XP to the internet and get a virus within minutes by just browsing around...
It'll certainly never be as secure as Linux - but that's because Linux is built differently. Midori might be more secure, but Windows never will be.
Go back and read a bit of history. In the beginning, UNIX was a patchy, hole ridden OS, also. It's just had 20 extra years on Windows to fix itself. The one who stated that the human interface is the buggiest of all is correct. Where do think the original rootkits came from? These were Unix problems back in the 70's.
Someone please explain to me what in Unix/Linux makes it more secure than Windows. Really, tell me the technology that makes them more secure. Windows (from NT on) actually has a tighter file security via ACLs. They are more fine-grained and can, when administered properly, provide a higher level of control than Unix.
The problem with Windows was that early on, MS allowed sloppy developers to code in such a way that you had to run as administrator, which in the windows world is not quite root (that would by system), but close enough to root to give malware plenty of free-reign. That was the reason for UAC, a kind of SUDO to allow the typical user to operate in User mode and only elevate when needed. What happened with that. UAC is listed as one of the main reasons Vista sucks. This security measure, that once your programs are installed, you may see once a week, or once a month, is listed as the main reason the OS sucks. This measure has now been dummied down in Win 7 to be basically useless.
The bottom line is that your typical *nix user is more security savvy. They understand the inherent risks of installing software and are usually less likely to be lured into a malware situation. They are also not the target of massive malware exploits. Between *nixs and OSX, they all make up about 5% of the worldwide market share. Malware is not about proving your programming prowess. It is about making money and having a target of 95% of the market is the most cost beneficial.