Re: newbie virus question

From: John Thompson (
Date: 10/01/04

Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2004 19:01:33 -0500

On 2004-09-29, CJaM <> wrote:

> I'm fairly new to Linux, learning it as an alternative to the mighty
> windows.
> At work we may wish to introduce a linux box onto the network for
> testing. All of our PC's of course are very virus protected.
> Don't know if this is considered a stupid question or not, but what
> are the *true* virus implications of letting Linux connect to our
> network? I know it's claimed to be safe, but is it really? Is there
> such a thing as virus software for linux?

There is antivirus software for linux, but since there are no linux
viruses, it is only needed if the linux system is serving mail or files to
Windows clients. IOW, it is to protect Windows machines that share the
network, not the linux machine itself.

-John (