March 7, 2001
The Great Security Debate: Linux vs. Windows
Author: JT Smith
Kelly McNeill writes "Users and makers of the Microsoft and Linux operating systems have often clashed over usability and performance. Now debate rages over which system provides the tightest security. Microsoft operating systems have often been attacked for their vulnerabilities, but the perception that the software titan's systems are insecure is changing as the company shores up its servers and applications. Meanwhile, supposedly stronger Unix and Linux systems have suffered security breaches of their own. Experts say that businesses, government and individuals using both closed-standard, Microsoft-based operating systems and open-source systems such as Unix and Linux are tightening security, but the debate over which system is strongest continues."