Dell back-tracks on Linux being safer than Windows
Jun 21, 2010, 19:03 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Recently Dell did something amazing. The Austin, TX
computer giant admitted on one of their Web pages that "Ubuntu
[Linux] is safer than Microsoft Windows." (PDF Link) But, now Dell
has backed off to the far more generic "Ubuntu is secure". Boo!
"The explanation for both statements has also changed a bit.
When the statement was stronger, Dell's explanation read, "The vast
majority of viruses and spyware written by hackers are not designed
to target and attack Linux." Now, it's been watered down to "
According to industry reports, Ubuntu is unaffected by the vast
majority of viruses and spyware."
"Ah, no. Anyone who pays any attention to operating system
security knows that Windows is insecure both by design and by poor
execution. Linux, while far from perfect, is far more secure."