Linux more secure than Windows XP

Thursday, 16 October 2003, 3:50 PM EST

Evans Data Corporation's Fall 2003 North American Development Survey has found that Linux has increased its lead in developers' minds as the "most innately secure operating system" from 19% six months ago to 23% today. At the same time, the percentage of developers who said that Windows XP is the most secure dropped by more than 40%, from 14% six months ago to 8% today.

"It's not all that surprising that Linux is viewed as more secure by software developers. Windows has had nearly weekly critical security updates from Microsoft, and three of four developers target Windows," said Esther Schindler, Evans' senior analyst. "Development experience talks, a higher percentage of Windows developers said Linux is more 'innately secure' than did Linux developers."

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