Ballmer: Windows is as secure as Linux

Wednesday, 22 October 2003, 11:54 AM EST

Security in the Windows operating system matches that of Linux, its open source rival, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer told delegates to the Gartner Symposium in Orlando. "There's no reason to believe [Linux] will be higher quality. I'm not going to say it will be worse," he said.

Ballmer pointed as an example to the improvements Microsoft has made between Windows 2000 and Windows 2003. In the first 150 days after Windows 2000 was released, he said, CERN found 17 critical vulnerabilities. In the first 150 days after Microsoft launched Windows 2003, there were four critical vulnerabilities.

"In the first 150 days of Red Hat Inc.'s 6.0, it was five to 10 times that [number of vulnerabilities]," Ballmer said.

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