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System security and FOSS

Jesse Litton has a good rundown on Why Linux Will Never Suffer From Viruses Like Windows. One of the reasons that is rarely mentioned is one that Apple and MS are starting to notice in the limiting applications and software to only what you can get from them. Most Linux users get their software from a small set of distribution libraries that are carefully maintained,

The open source, many eyeballs, idea is important but perhaps it is the diversity in distributions that make for a difficult target. If you want to write software to attack a system, you have a bit more of a problem with target specifics in the Linux universe than you might have elsewhere.

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