Title text: Viruses so far have been really disappointing on the 'disable the internet' front, and time is running out. When Linux/Mac win in a decade or so the game will be over.
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The first part of the title text refers to the difficulty viruses have in disabling the internet as a whole. SQL Slammer had some brief success. The second part of the title text refers to the fact that Linux, and MacOS 10 and later are much more less attacked by viruses because Microsoft dominates the market and a criminal will get more results by using the most famous Operating System. Most attacks against Linux machines are network related, e.g. attacking a DNS- or Web-Server (mostly Apache).
This virtual fishtank is actually a viable system to set up. There are a couple of problems. The first is that one would (legally) need to get Windows licenses for all the virtual machines. The second is that, unless one does a good job isolating the systems, you could allow the viruses into other parts of your computers, or into the internet at large, neither of which is something one should do.
Even six years later after the comic was published, neither Apple's nor Linux's operating systems show any signs of dethroning Microsoft Windows on the PC market, but on the smartphone market Microsoft is a junior, Android (based on Linux) and iOS are the leaders at this still growing segment. Nevertheless, viruses have appeared on all systems.
- [Megan looking at a large screen with many green and red squares. The squares have writing in them and lines connecting them.]
- [Side view. The screen is a huge LCD connected to a wireless router.]
- Cueball: Pretty, isn't it?
- Megan: What is it?
- Cueball: I've got a bunch of virtual Windows machines networked together, hooked up to an incoming pipe from the net. They execute email attachments, share files, and have no security patches.
- Cueball: Between them they have practically every virus.
- Cueball: There are mail trojans, warhol worms, and all sorts of exotic polymorphics. A monitoring system adds and wipes machines at random. The display shows the viruses as they move through the network. Growing and struggling.
- [Cueball walks past the girl and touches the monitor.]
- Megan: You know, normal people just have aquariums.
- Cueball: Good morning, Blaster. Are you and W32.Welchia getting along?
- Cueball: Who's a good virus? You are! Yes, you are!