Linux security on the ropes

Tuesday, 10 February 2004, 4:46 AM EST

In a recent speech in defense of Windows security, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said it would be dangerous to conclude that other operating systems are safer simply because they are not attacked as much.

In making that point, Gates gave voice to a commonly held opinion in the software industry. Other OSes -- most pointedly Linux, now the chief competitor to Windows -- may be less safe than the beleaguered Windows OS. Perhaps quite a bit less safe.

In other words, these Windows proponents suggest, if you think Linux is safe, think again: The worst is yet to come. If the open-source OS were to gain additional market share, it would become a bigger target and fall under attack much like Windows does, possibly leading to a hellacious contagion of worms, viruses and security red alerts.

By James Maguire at NewsFactor.

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