I think the whole "Linux is more stable than Windows" thing is either completely dead or much less of a reality now. I can't remember the last time Windows XP crashed on my desktop. The only time it is off is sometimes at night when I hibernate it. The only time I remember it ever crashing was a year and a half ago when I was working with a faulty motherboard. As far as individual applications crashing on it, that happens equally on my desktop and the Linux (SUSE) machines I use at school. The only time my Windows 2003 server has crashed is when the hard drive died.Originally Posted by mespork
I'm not taking either side on this because I really like both Linux and Windows, along with the fact that I probably haven't used Linux as much as you kernal hackers.
As far as the whole spyware/virus comment goes I use Firefox on my Windows machine. Quite possibly the same browser you use Viruses: I remember getting one once on my Windows machine because I don't use a virus scanner and I downloaded something that was somewhat suspicious and ran it anyways. Reasons why there are more viruses for Windows machines: More Windows users than Linux users and the Linux users are the ones with enough computer knowledge to make viruses (that they then make for Windows machines because they hate Windows).
Just my opinions