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Dell back-tracks on Linux being safer than Windows

Jun 21, 2010, 19:03 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

[ Thanks to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for this link. ]

"Recently Dell did something amazing. The Austin, TX computer giant admitted on one of their Web pages that "Ubuntu [Linux] is safer than Microsoft Windows." (PDF Link) But, now Dell has backed off to the far more generic "Ubuntu is secure". Boo!

"The explanation for both statements has also changed a bit. When the statement was stronger, Dell's explanation read, "The vast majority of viruses and spyware written by hackers are not designed to target and attack Linux." Now, it's been watered down to " According to industry reports, Ubuntu is unaffected by the vast majority of viruses and spyware."

"Ah, no. Anyone who pays any attention to operating system security knows that Windows is insecure both by design and by poor execution. Linux, while far from perfect, is far more secure."

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