Of course Linux is more secure...

    Date09 Aug 2004
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    In the hacking world the answer would probably be 'NO'. Any idiot can write alter somebody else's code to write a virus or worm for Windows. To try and hack into a Linux box that's been properly set up and is kept patched is extremely difficult... not to say virtually impossible. So essentially there are two conflicting pressures. One, there are more Windows boxes out there so there are more to hack, and, two, even if I do hack one, who cares? A child can do it... and they often do. . . . In the hacking world the answer would probably be 'NO'. Any idiot can write alter somebody else's code to write a virus or worm for Windows. To try and hack into a Linux box that's been properly set up and is kept patched is extremely difficult... not to say virtually impossible. So essentially there are two conflicting pressures. One, there are more Windows boxes out there so there are more to hack, and, two, even if I do hack one, who cares? A child can do it... and they often do.

    Also, MS issues 'service packs' and such like, for it's software every so often. Unfortunately, though, all this does is to highlight the issue of what happens to the bugs between one service pack, bug fix, security update etc., and the next one. In other words bugs are left unfixed for days and weeks at a time because of the commercial pressure NOT to tell anyone about them until the next release or patch. With Open SOurce software this isn't an issue. Nobody has any interest, commercial or otherwise, in keeping things quiet.

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