Windows vs. Linux security: No unbiased reports

Monday, 12 July 2004, 10:43 AM EST

Forrester Research published a report last March that came to the unlikely conclusion that Linux is no more secure than Windows. Last month, Danish security firm Secunia compared security across operating systems and concluded that Windows was more secure than many people think. Both studies are easy to counter with a little research and common sense, but that still leaves us without any meaningful third-party operating system security assessment.

Forrester measured the time between the discovery of a flaw and the release of a fix for the flaw -- a worthwhile metric, but one that's almost meaningless by itself. If there's any professional analysis and comparison of the severity of the flaws in Windows versus Linux, it never made it to press coverage about the report, and my editors haven't authorized my spending the $900 Forrester charges for the details.

By Nicholas Petreley at NewsForge.

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