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Business Times (SG): Can Linux live up to its hype?

Oct 06, 2000, 18:09 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Danny Ong)

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"Co-creator of the Unix OS, Ken Thompson, said in May 1999 that Microsoft was unreliable "but Linux is worse. In a non-PC environment, it just won't hold up. If you're using it on a single box, that's one thing. But if you want to use Linux in firewalls, gateways, embedded systems and so on, it has a long way to go."

"An often-touted benefit is that Linux is a Unix-like OS. Unix relies on 30-year-old OS architecture designed for the technology of the day. Linux was not designed from the ground up to support SMP (symmetrical multiprocessing), GUI (graphical user interfaces), asynchronous I/O, fine-grained security model, or many other key characteristics of a modern OS. These are fundamental barriers to cost-effectively deploying scalable, secure, and robust applications."

"Linux provides access controls to files and directories only, and does not support key security accreditation standards. Configuring Linux security requires an administrator to be an expert in the intricacies of the OS and on how the different components interact. Misconfigure any part, and the system could be vulnerable to attack."

"The writer is product manager, desktop operating systems, Microsoft Singapore"

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