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Old 7th March 2017
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Originally Posted by scottro View Post
To check, I guess you would have to check with Fedora, Debian, and Arch vs a Windows 10 install.
I don't think it's quite that simple. Windows has always had a lot of security features, but back in the XP days when "Windows NT" was literally rolled out to the "masses" at the beginning of the "internet revolution", none of these features were actually enabled by default or available in the "home edition". And of course the user was effectively running as root.

Things have changed and while some Linux fans might like to compare today's Linux with yesterday's Windows, that OS did get a lot more secure, post XP. Vista, despite it's problems, released with a plethora of security features and related improvements.

Linux has never been security focused. The security placebo of Linux has always been about not running as root and comparing that to something like Windows XP. The supposed security advantage of Linux is merely a comfort blanket as the vast majority of users know next to nothing about it. And when a vulnerability does crop up - the developers tend to close ranks and it's denial, excuses and heads in the sand from the fans...
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