January 27, 2004

Gates takes swipe at Apple, Linux security

Microsoft chief software architect Bill Gates took a swipe at rival operating systems on Monday, as he reiterated the importance of security
for Windows and in particular for the upcoming Longhorn version.

As the latest mass-mailing worm spread across the Internet on Monday, hitting Windows PCs with a program designed to attack the servers of Unix vendor
SCO Group on Feb. 1, Gates stressed the importance of security to his company's products, but said that companies such as SCO were courting danger by
sitting back.

"A high-volume system like (Windows) that has been thoroughly tested will be by far the most secure," Gates told the audience at the Developing
Software for the future Microsoft Platform conference at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre here.

"To say a system is secure because no one is attacking it is very dangerous," said Gates, referring to operating systems that have a smaller share of
the desktop market, such as Apple's Mac OS and the open-source software Linux.

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