Considering that the malware has to be written for a type of OS, I'd say it is unlikely.
However, if the malware was written for Linux, only the user and his files would be affected. Since Linux systems typically do not run as root, the system itself would not be vulnerable.
Thanks...that’s exactly what I thought (you may have already told me so on an old thread). Articles like these just assume everyone uses Windows, so they don’t even mention the OS.