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Weblog:   Linux Users: Welcome to the World of Malware
Subject:   Missing the Point
Date:   2004-10-28 03:07:04
From:   DaveCross
Point 1: Linux users are "PC users". It really annoys me when Windows users fail to realise that.

Point 2: Linux users have been getting phishing attacks for just as long as anyone else on the internet. The difference is that we're generally clued up enough to ignore them.

Point 3: I didn't see the email but I assume it was HTML email that contained a link to download the "fix". That link would not have been to the Red Hat web site which would have aroused my suspicion and I would have investigated further before clicking it.

Linux users don't claim to have some inherent immunity to phishing attacks like this, but generally they do come from a culture where you are far less likely to click on random links in email or install random pieces of software.

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  • Missing the Point
    2004-10-28 21:16:47  einheit [View]

    Point 1: Linux users are "PC users". It really annoys me when Windows users fail to realise that.

    Not really, Linux is not a traditional "pc operating system", but is rather a member of the unix family fo operating systems. The OS environment and the culture of linux and windows differ violently. Linux has much more in common with Solaris than it does with ms windows.
    • Missing the Point
      2004-10-28 23:55:00  TWD [View]

      No, 'PC' refers to a hardware platform, anything that runs on that platform is by definition a 'PC Operating System', regardless of it's origins (Vax, or Unix in this case).

      So Linux users are just as much PC users as are FreeBSD users, BeOS users and OS2 users
      • Missing the Point
        2004-10-29 07:53:06  unoengborg [View]

        As far as I know PC stands for Personal Computer, so if they are PC users or not would depend on how they use the intel hardware. After all Linux, FreeBSD, and even late versions of windows have multi user capabilities.

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