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Linux vs Windows: A new monopoly September 28, 2006

Posted by rjdohnert in Opinions.
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When you talk to Linux zealots and Open Source zealots their biggest argument is the need to replace Microsoft.  They often feel the need to displace Microsoft as the dominant OS on the market.  While this may look good on paper, the reality is not so cut and dry.

While Linux has many good merits so does the Windows OS.  They both have their places in the datacenter and for better or worse, both are just as good technically as the other.  So why the need to destroy Windows?  Often times its zealotry.  What would happen if Linux was to displace Windows?  You’d basically have another monopoly.  You would be depriving users of the choice that they deserve.  Users would be locked into the platform.  Linux would be the monoculture.  Virus writers and malware writers would only have to target one platform which for them would be nice and less work.

Would security be better?  Probably not.  Because if they were truly able to create an inpenetrable OS, attackers would go through the weakest link.  The user.  See Linux gives people a false sense of security, many people think Linux is hacker proof and you would be surprised how many people actually run as the root user.

So before you think Linux would be the best thing since sliced bread, get the facts.

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1. Erik - September 28, 2006

1. many people think Linux is hacker proof…
2. and you would be surprised how many people actually run as the root user…

Maybe you could give us some facts/numbers?

2. Niche Inspector Review - May 3, 2008

Linux security just looks better because all the hackers are busy with Windows.


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