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The Register: Windows v Linux Security: The Real Facts

Oct 22, 2004, 19:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

"Considering the publicity that has surrounded--and, despite super new security-focused Service Packs, continues to surround--Windows security issues, Microsoft's determination to demonstrate that Linux is less secure than Windows shows a certain chutzpah. The company has however had some support here; Forrester, for example, provides some numbers that can be used to support the contention that Microsoft flaws are less severe, less numerous and fixed faster. And although there's a general readiness among users to believe that Windows is a security disaster area, there's also a reasonable amount of support for the view that Linux would get just as many security issues if it had anything like Windows' user base.

"But what's the truth? For every claim there is, somewhere, a counterclaim. But until now there has been no systematic and detailed effort to address Microsoft's major security bullet points in report form..."

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