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NewsForge: Linux and Windows Security Compared

May 25, 2004, 22:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stacey Quandt)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"Security is a perennial concern for IT administrators. Managers need a framework to evaluate operating system security that includes an assessment of base security, network security and protocols, application security, deployment and operations, assurance, trusted computing, and open standards. In this study, we compare Microsoft Windows and Linux security across these seven categories. The overall findings of this qualitative assessment are that Linux provides superior to comparable security capabilities in comparison to Windows, except in the category of assurance--for now.

"The challenge in evaluating Windows and Linux on any criteria is that there is not a single version of each operating system..."

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