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NewsFactor Network: The Great Security Debate: Linux vs. Windows

Mar 06, 2001, 16:49 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jay Lyman)

"Microsoft operating systems have often been attacked for their vulnerability, but the perception that the software titan's systems are insecure is changing as the company shores up its servers and applications. Meanwhile, supposedly stronger Unix and Linux systems have suffered security breaches of their own."

"Experts say that businesses, government and individuals using both closed-source Microsoft-based operating systems and open-source systems such as Unix and Linux are tightening security, but the debate over which system is strongest continues."

"Proponents of both types of operating systems are also finding themselves in the predicament of having to balance security factors with usability, which sometimes invites hackers when the scales tip too far toward usability."

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