"Except they don't. Because - again, like a goddamned broken record - you are counting every security issue in every package of a distro against the core Windows OS, without regard to vulnerability type or severity."
Sorry, Trevor, but you are wrong. Let's take the latest full year (2014) . And let's take Windows 8.1 and compare to *just* the Linux kernel. From there on you can add X, Gnome/KDE to get to the same functional level as Windows 8.1. But just the kernel:
Linux kernel: http://www.cvedetails.com/vulnerability-list/vendor_id-33/year-2014/Linux.html
Windows 8.1: http://www.cvedetails.com/vulnerability-list/vendor_id-26/product_id-26434/year-2014/Microsoft-Windows-8.1.html
Linux kernel, year 2014: 135
Windows 8.1, year 2014: 38
For the the year 2015 so far the numbers are 60/40 in Linux favor but keep in mind that it is not a full year and that it counts only KERNEL vulnerabilities for Linux versus ALL vulnerabilities for Windows 8.1
Let's go back to 2012-2013 then. Windows 8.1 did not have a full year of 2013, so let's compare Windows 7 to Linux (kernel only again) for 2013:
Linux kernel for year 2013: 189 vulns
Windows 7 for year 2013: 100 vulns.
Linux kernel for year 2012: 116 vulns
Windows 7 for year 2012: 44 vulns.
Again, contrary to your claims this is counting only Linux KERNEL vulns against a fully functional Windows.
So it would appear that you are incorrect, Trevor.