> Yes, you are right, but I know the person I was replying to. The problem is every argument falls on deaf ears in this case and the FUD is being spread. ;)
You absolutely do not know me, in the least. You have never met me, never had a conversation with me, and couldn't guess my motivations or beliefs to save your life.
That said, there's no FUD here. Windows is more secure in that it offers user-facing security features that Linux never has. There's absolutely no argument here. Sure, maybe Windows -- offering tons of features and subsystems that the Linux desktop does not -- has more lines of code and hence more places for mistakes to be made is truth, but that's entirely different than the _design_ of Windows being one focusing on desktop security, where as Linux focuses on ancient POSIX-compatible time-shared system security.
On the desktop, security is not "user A cannot negatively affect user B." On the desktop, security is "user A accessed something that could find a hole in random application he's using, but that still shouldn't negatively affect user A."
Linux has almost no solution here, besides adding SELinux (only even used on one major-ish distro) and some weak sand-boxing. Windows has numerous features that help to ensure that even if the sand-boxing mechanisms (which, according to more than a few places, are more complete and secure on Windows than on Linux) are broken, the conscientious user still has means to do a basic sanity test of the screen he's staring at.
Yes, the Windows mechanisms can be hacked by modifying Windows, but then the same can be said about Linux. I've seen root-kit'd Linux systems. They're a thing. Maybe you're not aware.
But hey, claim you know me, say that basic facts are "FUD," and then try to discredit me. That's the kind of response reasonable people expect out of folks who make emotional -- rather than logical -- attachments to technology, and isn't doing "your side" (which I'd say I'm on; I don't post here just to make fun of people, but rather to point out the dumb things that the Linux community could be doing better with) any favors. :(