Linux security: good enough

Tuesday, 23 September 2003, 8:40 AM EST

Linux is fundamentally more secure than Windows. There, I've said it.

It's not that Linux is some bulletproof wonder of security. It's not. If you want an operating system that really been built from the ground up to be secure what you want is OpenBSD. The crew behind it has made safe, sane security job number one before Bill Gates could spell security if you spotted him the 's' and the 'y.'

But, to get back to the point, why is Linux more secure than Windows? First, it's because Linux is open source. Yes, any cracker who wants can hunt for security holes all day long. Microsoft is closed source. If closed source is so much better for security, why is my virus detector still yelping every few minutes as the latest Windows virus, Swen, tries to e-mail it way in?

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