Rowan over at Devious Opinions had the following short commentary on the MSBlaster Worm that’s been making the rounds:
Wow… I feel sorry for all those windows users affected by the blaster worm 😀
Another reason to switch.
I just thought I’d point out in a friendly, neighborly way the simple fact that the reason the majority of viruses are written for the Windows operating system is because it is the most popular and wide-spread. It’s not that Linux or the Macintosh are immune to this phenomena (and the Mac has it’s fair share of such already) it’s just the simple fact that there are a great deal more Windows machines out there making for a larger potential return on investment which would be important for programs like MSBlaster that want to use the infected machines to launch denial of service attacks against other machines.
Macs and Linux boxes are relatively free of viruses because of their niche status, but if everyone we’re to take Rowan’s advice and switch then those platforms would become much more attractive to those folks who create these programs and the battle would shift to the new platform.
In short, I would think that folks who use something other than Windows would rather more folks didn’t switch to avoid making their platform of choice a target for the virus writers. Mind you, I’m not huge fan of Windows myself. I refused to let go of my Amigas until 1996 and they’d been a long dead platform by then. The only reason I’m not running Linux right now is because Windows is where the games are at.
So be careful what you wish for, or gloat over…