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Why Linux’s biggest strength is also its biggest weakness

Why Linux’s biggest strength is also its biggest weakness

Learn about the positives and negatives of Linux's peculiar patching process.

Unpatched vulnerabilities are one of the main points of entry for cyberattacks. Attacks on infrastructure are increasing, and IT teams are struggling to keep up with the swathe of new issues that are discovered. Patch management should therefore be a key focus for IT and security teams in the race to keep ahead of attackers. 

Linux is responsible for the vast majority of public cloud infrastructure - around 90 percent https://linuxfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/linux-kernel-report-2017.pdf" data-component-tracked="1">according to the 2017 Linux Kernel Development Report by the Linux Foundation. It also supports 82 percent of the world’s smartphones and nine of the top ten public clouds. Linux also has a good reputation for security, especially when compared to other operating systems.

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