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Growing acceptance of Linux has dark side

The growing acceptance of Linux is good news for fans of the open-source operating system, but it is not without a dark side. If the mainstream market pays more attention to Linux, so will people who write viruses and worms and break into computer systems. Microsoft Corp.’s Windows and some popular applications that run on it have been favourite targets for virus writers in recent years. That’s especially true of Microsoft’s e-mail software, which has been square in the sights of most e-mail virus writers for a couple of years now. “Outlook is probably the biggest virus and worm target on the planet,” says Ross Chevalier, chief technology officer at Novell Canada Inc. in Markham, Ont. Full Story

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