Windows 10 comes with its own free Antivirus and Security software…no more paying yearly renewal fees for your third-party antivirus software. That is/was just one of the many reasons I have moved all 6 of my computers (5 desktops + 1 laptop) to Windows 10 (4 with the Windows 10 Pro OEM Key for $12-15 each). I also have Ubuntu LTS on all but my main computer (Antec Jr.), and I use 4 of those desktops to test Linux Distros and software on…’Apevia’ is now my main Linux test computer, since it has the Ryzen™ APU, and since AMD’s Ryzen™ & Radeon™ products seem to cause many Linux Distros a hardware recognition problem and more. If the Distro can’t bootup with a ‘Live’ USB on ‘Apevia’ then I’m not going to do much testing on it.

Does Linux need Antivirus software? These apps are made to protect Linux – chkrootkit, ClamAV, Comodo, Dr.Web, ESET, rkhunter, Sophos, lynis, Forcepoint, & Volatility – why have them if Linux doesn’t have virus, malware and/or security issues? Basically, any computer connected to the internet can be taken over by a ‘Hacker’. Any computer connected to an electrical outlet can be taken over by a ‘Hacker’. News reporter Sharyl Attkisson had her computer taken over by the former Obama administration, using one (or more) of the American security agencies.

Personally, in over 28 years of using a computer, I’ve only had one real security issue. As a joke, a so-called friend sent me an email that had a program in it that caused all my contacts to be attached to an outgoing email. Right away you know something is wrong when you see all your contacts attached to an email you just sent. I didn’t find it funny. That was probably 24-25 years ago. Now I use Windows 10 and its free Windows Security for 99.999999% of all my internet usage.

All kinds of protection … even Ransomware protection. Windows desktop user base is like 80-90% of total desktop OS usage – that average has been maintained for decades. Linux desktop user base has been stuck around 2% of total desktop OS usage for decades. Naturally you hear more security reports about Windows than you do Linux. Also, a point on the over 2000 Linux Distros ‘oUt ThErE’ – i.e. most Distros have a user base so small that their user base doesn’t even make a ‘blip’ on the overall 2% Linux usage base…not even a ‘blip’ in, on or around that 2%.

Linux desktop actually seems to be growing less important as the focus on Servers, IoT, Cloud and Containers grow … the possible exception is probably the Ubuntu LTS Desktop, which is fully supported, both financially and technically for the long term. Which brings me to these two articles:

The following 6 Linux Server Distros are in on this initial preview: RHEL 7+ (Red Hat Enterprise Linux), CentOS Linux 7+, Ubuntu 16 LTS, or higher LTS, SLES 12+( SUSE Linux Enterprise Server), Debian 9+, and Oracle EL 7.

Microsoft: Linux Defender antivirus now in public preview, iOS and Android are next:

Next, Microsoft is looking to add support for mobile, bringing Microsoft Defender to iOS and Android, which it’s previewing this week at the RSA Conference.
“We’re aiming to protect the modern workplace environment across everything that it is, being Microsoft or non-Microsoft. We’re protecting endpoints across Mac and today we’re extending this endpoint protection to Linux and to iOS and Android,” Moti Gindi, corporate vice president of Microsoft Threat Protection told ZDNet.

So, it’s going workplace and mobile, which means it’ll be available for the Linux desktop at some point.

In short, Microsoft wants to be your universal security blanket regardless of platform. Yes, even Linux. However, while Defender is primarily an endpoint security system, Microsoft did not say anything about running the program on Linux desktops. That said, it should be trivial to run it on desktops.