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ZDNet/Tech Republic: Security measures: Linux vs BSD

Dec 17, 2001, 16:21 (38 Talkback[s])
"A good case can also be made that Linux is inherently more stable and secure than Microsoft products, either because it's based on a better core of code or because it's open source, and many individuals have a stake in monitoring and making repairs.

However, with all this discussion, there rarely seems to be any mention of an even more secure and completely free version of UNIX: BSD. While Linux is the darling of the hacker set, it is far from the least expensive or even the most secure open source operating system available. Linux isn't even running on the widest range of systems. All three of those distinctions belong to an academically developed version of UNIX that originated at the University of California, Berkeley and whose various versions are often referred to collectively as BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution).

Linus Torvalds ' Linux is quite a youngster compared to BSD. At two decades of age, BSD is as old as the PC and was running in universities back when Bill Gates was famous for MS-DOS."

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