NewsFactor: Reality Check: How Safe Is Linux?
Jun 13, 2003, 13:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Vincent Ryan)
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"It is not enough for an operating system to be low cost,
reliable and capable of handling mission-critical applications. At
some point in every OS's cycle of life, the question comes down to
security and safety.
"Ever since the entry of Linux into mainstream business
computing, security gurus have been trying to measure its
vulnerability to security breaches Latest News about security
breaches and attacks. They have even gone so far as to count the
number of security alerts issued by Linux distributors to see how
the numbers compare with those issued by Microsoft for Windows
"A definitive answered has eluded the experts, but that has not
prevented them from taking sides in what usually devolves into a
religious war over open-source versus closed-source operating
"Still, the crucial question plagues companies considering
whether to go the open-source route: Is Linux a safe, secure
operating system that you can bet your business on? And if it does
have flaws, where are they...?"