Originally Posted by spincricket
Use whatever suits you best.
Originally Posted by Ericko
I've heard some people say: Linux is viruses free!
I don't know much about Linux (and I don't want to fight or make you guys mad), but I think that being Linux an open source OS, it is much easier to find a way to crash it or to make a virus for it. It does not happen because all the hackers out there only want to hurt Microsoft.
Originally Posted by Entropius
That's both accurate and inaccurate.
There aren't many viruses per se for Linux, just because of demographics: people who use Linux are generally computer savvy enough to know what they need to do to protect themselves, and thus viruses will be unable to spread because people aren't dumb enough to spread them. This has nothing to do with security in Linux (although the OS is more resistant to things like that since nobody runs web browsers as root); it's the users.
There still are malicious bits of code for Linux: trojans, rootkits, and tricks to do nasty things to other peoples' systems.
Now, the cracker types want to hurt anyone they can -- Linux, Windows, or BeOS. There are security holes found often for open-source programs, partially because -- as you point out -- since the source is available it's much easier to find flaws. These flaws are found and exploited, and Linux boxes are hacked and rootkitted.
It's also much easier to *fix* them: if a security flaw is being exploited in Linux or one of the common programs used with it, chances are that a fix will be available in under a hundred hours.