good replies. I think were getting somewhere.
alchimedes, you're argument is perfectly valid. Our difference involves reality versus hypothosized reality. In reality OSX has relatively few cases of exploits. It has few viruses/worms/trojans. I guess we can all agree that there would be more if the Macintosh platform was more prominent in enterprise.
So no, my argument isn't too valid when you consider the state of affairs as it stands right now, but IIRC Apple has designated OSX as a platform that could potentially make headway into an enterprise setting, in which case an argument such as mine gains a lot of creedance.
[quote]the problem is there is no way to prove or disprove your statement. your factual claim is that something might have an attribute at some unknown time in the future.<hr></blockquote>
Fair enough, It can't be proven at this time either way. But logically, since OSX isn't being barraged like Windows there probably isn't a whole lot of attention being made to OSX security in lieu of addressing other complaints I've seen in the last few months. This is just my hypothesis.
Another thing that generally bugs me about Mac Versus Windows Security where MacAdvocates demonize Windows is that they get the wrong idea about the quality of Windows overall; It isn't perfect, but I regard it as quality software. I regaurd this situation to be a little like when a September callup goes 1 for 2 on the season and boasts that he has a better average than the guy who wins the batting title. Is it statistically true? yes. does it really mean anything as to the skill or potential of the rookie? Not at all.
[quote]A Mac user usually likes everything about his or her computer. From the feel of its keyboard to the sound it makes when it raises a query dialog. <hr></blockquote>
Quite typically, you will see something resembling that from Doit yourself PC users. they tend to take an amount of pride in selecting components and finding it really isn't too tough making a custom machine to their liking. A lot of people I know actually do like using windows as well, particularily 2000/XP.
[quote]OSX is getting alot of attention lately, so I guarantee there will be issues that pop up. But when Microsoft throws security by the way side in favor of adding new features... well frankly I'd prefer to drive a car from a reliable manufacturer. Why else would Bill 'turn the company around' in the name of security if their products weren't so full of holes? Bill knows .NET will never sell in the e-commerce area if everybody knows .NET is full of security vulnerabilities. Microsoft's entire reputation is all about security vulnerabilities. Everybody in IT knows that.
That's true, the security issues have been beating MS with the PR Ugly Stick. I (silently) applauded the annoucned change of direction towards greater security, but I don't think it's like MS has been ignoring security all these years. MS knew from the early days of NT that security holes could break them. It just isn't that easy. I see the announcement as a peptalk to instil confidence in users and investors and not an "Oh My Gosh our security has been HORRIBlE" type concession.