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Google is confusing safe with secure

Jun 26, 2010, 12:07 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kenneth Van Wyk)

"On June 1, the Financial Times reported that Google planned to drop Windows as its primary desktop operating system and switch to Apple's Mac OS X and Linux, because the latter two are more secure than Windows. That's a pretty bold leap by any measure. Should your organisation follow suit? Not so fast.

"No doubt about it, switching desktop operating systems across an enterprise the size of Google is a massive undertaking. There's just so much to take care of. It's a move that's far more complicated and disruptive than simply uninstalling one operating system and installing another. And the direct product costs are a mere drop in the bucket compared to the overall costs when you consider things like tech support, user training and so on.

"I can only assume that Google was well aware of all this and made an informed business decision. If that is the case, should the rest of us consider it a warning sign that we should heed?"

This is a little more subtle than the usual all-computing-is-dangerous guff --ed.

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