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Old 02-17-05, 04:09 PM   #1
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Default Study: XP safer than Linux

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...ecurity17.html

apparently a linux fan and a windows fan ran some tests to see which OS was safer, and Windows XP came out on top. Not really suprising, and now I'm glad that there is proof to back it up.
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Old 02-17-05, 06:46 PM   #2
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Jonk, you have just set the most wonderful flame bait.

I hope the flames reach the moon.

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Old 02-17-05, 09:54 PM   #3
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lol I know. Once in a while I like to sit back and enjoy the fireworks. I'd like to see some discussion with an "official study" backing MS up.
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Old 02-18-05, 01:53 AM   #4
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I always thought Linux was safer

Ahh well, not that I care... I have about - lets see now... 1 whole game that may work on Linux as oppose to 400 ish that will work on Windows.

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Old 02-19-05, 04:59 PM   #5
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Dude the Study has nothing todo with XP. Its Server 2003.

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They compared Windows Server 2003 and Red Hat Enterprise Server 3 running databases, scripting engines and Web servers (Microsoft's on one, the open source Apache on the other).
Also I dont think you can tag the whole of Linux because one distribution has less security.
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Old 02-19-05, 06:24 PM   #6
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You guys should read this thread if you want to see a real discussion on which one is more secure:

http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/...m/153005469631
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Old 02-19-05, 11:13 PM   #7
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http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...ecurity17.html

apparently a linux fan and a windows fan ran some tests to see which OS was safer, and Windows XP came out on top. Not really suprising, and now I'm glad that there is proof to back it up.

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Old 02-21-05, 12:57 PM   #8
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Dude the Study has nothing todo with XP. Its Server 2003.



Also I dont think you can tag the whole of Linux because one distribution has less security.
Sure it does since 2003 is basically the XP core tweaked for server use.
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Old 03-05-05, 03:06 AM   #9
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Worth a bump and some flames...

If this were going to be anywhere near accurate, then both systems should be running the same software. Not apache on one, IIS on the other.

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Sure it does since 2003 is basically the XP core tweaked for server use.
You don't get the same security out of Gentoo that you do from Hardened Gentoo just like you don't get the same security out of XP that you do with 2003. Yes, same engine, but not the same OS. You can't change a registry setting or two and get 2003 out of XP.
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Old 03-05-05, 02:53 PM   #10
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I'm not too surprised at the results. But of course neither platform was really hardened, only the default security precautions were used, iirc. Which does bring up the other issue: it's not as easy to hire a good linux admin as it is to hire a good windows admin.
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Old 03-07-05, 03:09 AM   #11
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now if they would only put both boxes in there default config on the net just to see which one gets owned first ... i linux get owned first then ill believe this.
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I suppose it's how you set it up and besides, Linux is much cheaper and can be made just as sercure.
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