“AT&T Corp. is evaluating its operating system options. More choice in desktop operating systems, where Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) has enjoyed near ubiquity, combined with a surge in malicious programs that attack Microsoft products, has pushed the telecommunications giant to study how Microsoft Windows stacks up against the competition, AT&T spokesman Michael Dickman said,” Dow Jones reports.
“AT&T has no current intent to replace Windows, which now operates 70,000 employee personal computers, he said… We are evaluating multiple desktop platforms, as any company should be doing,” Dickman said. ‘It’s just part of doing business.’ AT&T is putting three desktop operating systems through its paces: Microsoft Windows, the open-source Linux operating system and Apple Computer Inc.’s system… Although viruses have targeted both Linux and Apple software, they are fairly rare occurrences, largely because their small marketshares make them unattractive targets, experts have said,” Dow Jones reports.
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MacDailyNews Take: Just imagine of AT&T started replacing their Windows desktops with Macs running Mac OS X. Just imagine. And “Security through obscurity” again? That’s a myth. As The New York Times has explained:
– “Windows comes with five of its ports open; Mac OS X comes with all of them shut and locked… These ports are precisely what permitted viruses like Blaster to infiltrate millions of PC