[clug] Humour: Linux viruses

Nigel Cunningham ncunningham at linuxmail.org
Fri Jan 28 01:43:24 GMT 2005

Hi all.

On Fri, 2005-01-28 at 12:25, Alex Satrapa wrote:
> Here is a summarised version for the executive-summary-challenged :)
> On 27 Jan 2005, at 19:32, E wrote:
> >  http://os.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=05/01/25/1430222
> Matt Moen tests five Windows viruses under WINE on Linux and finds that 
> Linux can indeed be affected by (one of the) Windows viruses. Matt 
> concludes that WINE has a long way to go before it is truly Windows 
> compatible.

That's a bit of an overstatement, Alex! It chewed some CPU until he
pressed control-C, but couldn't propogate itself. If that's an
infection, so is gcc. Then again, gcc has a better chance of propogating

> My favourite quote from the comments at the end of the article:
> > If we are ever to compete to Microsoft, we need native Linux worms ... 
> >  [though] It will be a lot easier to go BSD, so we don't have to embed 
> > COPYING and the source in the worm.

Didn't see that. It's quite good!



> Various readers comment that lack of virus compatibility indicates that 
> Linux is definitely not ready for the desktop.
> Regards
> Alex Satrapa
Nigel Cunningham
Software Engineer
Cyclades Corporation


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