A new abuse of the Linux term
Posted Feb 25, 2006 1:56 UTC (Sat) by bignose
Parent article: A new Linux worm
Linux is the name of a program: an operating system kernel. This is a worm affecting PHP. In what way is this a "Linux worm"? If anything that exploits a particular system configuration, that happens to also include Linux, is to be called a "Linux worm", the term becomes indistinguishable from exploits that *do* affect Linux. By that logic, a better term would be an "Apache worm", since "a system running Apache" is far more likely to be also running PHP than just "a system running Linux".
Please, can we have some journalistic integrity? The misuse of the term "Linux" to refer to any of thousands of programs that may or may not be installed on a particular system is just meaningless. In this case, it's very misleading.
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