Putting Away the Welcome Mat

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I'll admit it: I found some of anti-virus for Linux software announcements mildly interesting. After all, there seemed to be some logic in the notion that once Linux got more popular on the desktop, it would become a bigger target for the virus-writing crowd. And there seemed to definitely be a need for running AV software on Linux servers that dealt with Windows clients. No argument from me there.

Until now.

Now my attitude has shifted from a neutral "what harm can it do" stance to outright opposition. Because any notion that AV software would be a slightly positive thing (like providing an extra security blanket and incentive to those IT folks that can't comprehend why viruses plus Linux equal nothing in the first place) for Linux has turned into yet another reason why people should flee Windows once and for all.

In short, my caviler attitude was wrong. AV software for Linux is only going to provide hackers more ways into my system, not less.

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