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Linux vs. Windows: Suspending logic and reason for blind faith

Nov 12, 2010, 07:05 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Donovan Colbert)

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"Recently, several outlets picked up the story that there were hundreds of security flaws in the Android Linux kernel, with 88 of them classified as “severe†- but that wasn’t a surprise to me. All code has flaws and errors. What surprised me were the responses I read in the forums.

"Of course, Apple and Windows users were all over the fact that Android has 88 severe security flaws that have just been publicly revealed and remain unfixed. But the Linux faithful, as they so frequently do, left me just shaking my head and wondering how people can become so disconnected from logic and reality in blind devotion to their favorite OS or kernel.

"In this case, the arguments centered around the “many eyes†versus “security through obscurity†models of security. Those who defended Linux pointed out that the issues were disclosed, which illustrated the superiority of the “many eyes†approach to kernel patching. They further argued that while iOS, OS X, and Windows 7 / Win 7 mobile certainly have countless security flaws - many of them severe - we can’t compare them to Linux, because those platforms are closed-source and no one knows the total number."

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