Linux desktop growth could spur new malware activity

By | April 21, 2006

When the Indiana Department of Education began installing PCs running Linux in schools last year, it installed open-source antivirus software on servers to scan incoming e-mail. But it didn’t bother installing antivirus software on the desktop computers.

“I hate to admit this, but I wasn’t worried,” said Forrest Gaston, a consultant managing the project for the state. Despite heavy student usage of the Internet, Gaston’s optimism has so far been borne out: “It hasn’t been an issue,” he says.

Besides Linux’s low cost, its relative immunity from viruses, spyware, worms and other malware has long been one of the open-source operating system’s key attractions to potential desktop users. Vendors who will be at next week’s Desktop Linux Summit in San Diego certainly tout it.Read Full Story

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