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TechRepublic.com: By the numbers: Comparing Windows security to Linux

Sep 26, 2001, 19:40 (25 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John McCormick)
"In TechRepublic discussions about the virtues of Linux vs. Windows, Linux enthusiasts love to point out that their OS is much more secure. They complain that Windows and its applications are full of bugs and poorly written code and that Windows is more susceptible to viruses.

Of course, administrators who work primarily with Windows take exception to these arguments. They believe that Windows can be secured just as well as any other operating system and that Windows is simply targeted more often because its use is so widespread.

One way to get to the bottom of this dispute is to look at the numbers. In this case, let's examine the statistics on discovered vulnerabilities tracked by Security Focus Bugtraq. One word of warning: These numbers may just surprise you."

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