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ABC News: Reader Feedback on 'Linux Sux Redux'

Aug 18, 2000, 14:06 (8 Talkback[s])

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"Commentator Fred Moody's column on the Linux OS got an unusual amount of feedback. ... Here is a sample of the views presented."

"Fred Moody doesn't seem to grasp the concept that Redhat Linux or any other Linux distribution is comprised of the Linux Kernel and an abundance of third party software. In the comparison I'm sure no bug reports for third party software for Windows NT were included. As well various server software such as Apache and Sendmail are usually bundled with the Linux Kernel, Windows NT does not include IIS by default. I feel the Fred Moody has missed the proverbial boat with his comparison."

"The more subtle problem [with Fred Moody's column] is that MS supplies an OS, whereas Linux vendors generally supply OS, office apps, network tools, compilers, games, and a heap of other stuff. A fair comparison would be MS vulnberabilities against that subset of RedHat vulnerabilities concerning the core OS componenets. Alternatively all windows application vulnerabilities could be summed with the Microsoft OS total."

"You attempt to play down the number of vulnerabilities in Windows by claiming that they mostly come from IE. You also claim that since Windows is used more, that their numbers must be inflated because the vulerabilities would be easier to find in Windows. You fail to mention however, that since Linux is open source, malicious hackers can easily read the source code to look for bugs, whereas with windows you must be proficient at reading binary code. Thus, the number of people capable of searching for bugs in Windows is greatly reduced. You also fail to mention the fact that when a bug is discovered in Linux, anyone with programming experience can fix it, meaning that when a bug is found, you don't have to wait for Microsoft to release it's next service pack, which can take months. Meanwhile, you are left open to the vulnerability for months. Also, Linux is very component driven. This means that you can choose to exclude any parts of the operating system that you don't use, therefore reducing vulnerabilities due to components you don't even use."

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