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Offline Arkstfan

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Another Mac brag
« on: Fri Mar 23, 2007 - 10:43:59 »
Some interesting numbers I ran across.

Through February of 2007.
Windows (all versions) held 92.7% of the desktop market.
Linux held 3.5%
Mac OSX 3.8%

At roughly the same time it was declared that there are 236,000 malicious malware items.
"Market share" of each operating system in malware.
Windows 99.7%
Linux 0.29%
Mac OSX 0.0029%

The common statement is that Mac market share is why there is so little malware for Macs. Yet when you look you see the Mac and Linux with near identical market share but the Mac having 1/100th as many malware items as Linux.

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Another Mac brag
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Re: Another Mac brag
« Reply #1 on: Sun Apr 15, 2007 - 14:34:29 »
Hmm interesting.  Do you have a source for this?

I am guessing the higher rank on linux is because of the server market share.  But even then the way I see it is on windows, attacks are targeted at the core windows operating system components.  Whereas on linux, attacks seem to not be targeted at linux in general, but programs and services that run on linux like openssh and apache.  Thats just how it seems atleast.  I certainly don't think there are any viruses for linux (or mac)

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Re: Another Mac brag
« Reply #2 on: Sun Apr 15, 2007 - 22:12:35 »
If you'd asked March 23rd I might have remembered where I copied that from.

Of course OSX and Linux are basically kissin cousins sharing significant common code, but OSX has the advantage of not needing to work with nearly as many configurations.

One place where market share has really helped Apple is that with the smaller share, they could say the heck with it and walk away from an older OS with little regard for creating backward compatibility. Microsoft has (to their credit and detriment) worked hard to retain as much backward compatibility as possible and that opens a lot of unintended doors.

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Re: Another Mac brag
« Reply #3 on: Tue Apr 17, 2007 - 21:18:32 »
One of the key areas where backward compatibility has led to big holes in Windows is direct hardware access, as used by games and other graphicly intensive applications.

 

     
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