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Help Net Security: Interview with Mark G. Sobell

Apr 07, 2003, 08:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mirko Zorz)

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"What's your take on the adoption of Linux in the enterprise? Do you think it will give a boost to security?

"Of course Linux boosts security. Take a proprietary OS that only a few people get to look at versus an open source OS that thousands of people review and update regularly. Which will have fewer bugs and security holes? If you are running a company and can use an OS whose source code you cannot look at or one that you can have your programmers review and modify as appropriate, which are you going to use? They used to say, 'No one ever got fired for buying IBM,' but times have changed and IBM is not it anymore. So it goes with MS. Not that I think they are going out of business tomorrow. IBM is still a strong competitor. But it is interesting to see that where IBM once jumped into bed with MS, they are taking a much different route with Linux. You can buy Linux from multiple vendors on an IBM box..."

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