Posted by Megalith 2:25 PM (CDT)
Friday May 19, 2017
This guy admits that it’s a tired argument but is using the recent/current ransomware fiasco to raise awareness for Linux and its security benefits again. Yes, you’ve heard most of it before: businesses should all switch from Windows, as it is a huge target for exploits, but he does try to make a novel point by noting that more and more companies are switching to Software as a Service (SaaS) or the cloud (meaning that work is increasingly done through a web browser), making Linux deployment more practical and sensible now. Er, wouldn’t Linux just become as vulnerable as Windows if its usage were to rise to the same level...
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying Linux is perfect. Any system connected to a network can fall victim to something. But the truth of the matter is, by design, Linux is far less susceptible to the likes of WannaCrypt than is Windows. How do I know this? I've been using Linux as my only operating system (on servers and desktops) since 1997 and have only encountered one instance of malicious code (a rootkit on a poorly administered mail server). Those are some pretty good odds there. Imagine, if you will, you have deployed Linux as a desktop OS for your company and those machines work like champs from the day you set them up to the day the hardware finally fails. Doesn't that sound like a win your company could use?