[QUOTE]\nYou're stating that each distro of Linux comes with a vendor[/QUOTE]\n\nSome do. Another reason to choose SuSE. :-)\n[QUOTE]\nprovided AV product with free updates? If not, then why question MS\nabout doing it?[/QUOTE]\n\nLinus distros are competitive and provides a choice.\n\nMS's recent update CD package had a proprietary virus scanner for CA\nin the package.\n[QUOTE]\nI have a lot more faith in Symantec than some open source solution AV \nthat is not supported by a major company with a business reason to \nsupport it.[/QUOTE]\n\nAntiVir is not open source. It's proprietary but free for\nnon-commercial use. Also available for Windows. Free for\nnon-commercial use.\n\nThere are some open-source anti-virus tools usually included with a\nLinux distro.\n\nAs for having a business reason with open source; if one has\ndeveloped anti-virus software because one cannot trust closed-source\nanti-virus software for some reason, then there are business reasons\nfor providing that software as open source to the community if one\nisn't in the anti-virus software *business*. Open-sourcing means\nfree code reviews and enhancement suggestions for example. It also\nenhances the reputation of the "publisher".