Could there be a Linux Love Bug?

    Date12 May 2000
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Nobody could have missed last week's "love bug" furore. The email-borne virus swept the globe, affecting innumerable Windows users and bogging down help desks and tech support departments worldwide. The uproar in the mainstream press was matched only by the . . . Nobody could have missed last week's "love bug" furore. The email-borne virus swept the globe, affecting innumerable Windows users and bogging down help desks and tech support departments worldwide. The uproar in the mainstream press was matched only by the righteous smugness of Linux users on mailing lists, newsgroups, and discussion websites.

    The general consensus is that Linux is virtually immune to viruses and was not affected by the "love bug". However, the reasons for Linux's immunity, and the likelihood of future threats, bear closer examination.

    The first reason that Linux was not affected by "ILOVEYOU" or last year's "Melissa" virus is that Linux is still a fringe operating system. Despite steadily growing popularity and media attention, Linux still only holds about ten percent of the market share, even by the most optimistic estimates.
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