Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Another "Linux is more secure than windows" Story

Filed under
Linux
Microsoft

Software development managers rate Linux significantly higher than Windows server products for security, according to the latest research.

Over 6000 software development managers were asked in a survey conducted by BZ Media to rate the security of server operating systems against hacks and exploits. Linux was rated as 'secure' or 'very secure' by 74 percent of respondents, while Microsoft Windows Server was given one of these ratingd by 38 percent of respondents. Thirteen percent of respondents rated Linux as insecure or very insecure, a figure that rose to 58 percent for Windows server products.

A Yankee Group survey released last week found a similar, but less significant, difference between Linux and Windows server security. Yankee Group's survey asked IT executives from over 500 companies to evaluate the security of Linux and Windows on a scale of one to ten.

The respondents rated the security of Linux servers slightly higher than Windows server, with Linux scoring 8.3 out of 10 and Windows Server 2003 scoring 7.6.

Microsoft has consistently denied that Windows is less secure than Linux. It claims that Windows is more secure than open source alternatives because Microsoft fixes vulnerabilities quicker than Linux vendors are able to.

This claim is based on a Forrester report, Is Linux more secure than Windows?, which found that Microsoft had the lowest elapsed time between the disclosure of a vulnerability and the release of a fix. But the report has been criticised by Linux vendors who say it did not take into account the seriousness of the vulnerabilities.

Source.

More in Tux Machines

Refracta 8.0 Is a Pint-Sized Powerhouse

Refracta is a somewhat obscure Linux distribution that offers exceptional functionality and stability. Obscurity is not always a bad thing when it comes to Linux distros. You can find some very worthwhile alternatives to your current operating system. Refracta is a big surprise in a small package. Many look-alike desktop distros are difficult to distinguish from run-of-the-mill garden varieties. Others offer new adopters something unique that makes using them fun and productive. Refracta is one of the few full-service Linux distros that makes an easy and more convenient replacement for pocket Linux options such as Puppy Linux. Not all Linux distros that install to a USB drive -- and have the ability to save files and system settings in a persistent mode -- work equally well. Read more

Clear Linux With Mesa 13 Is A Strong Match For Intel Linux Performance

When benchmarking Intel's Clear Linux distribution earlier this year we found its Intel graphics performance to be quite good and slightly faster than other Linux distributions even when Clear was using an older version of Mesa. Now with Clear Linux having switched to Mesa 13, I decided to run some fresh Intel OpenGL benchmarks on it compared to other distributions. Read more

PTS: PHP 7.1 vs. PHP 7.0 vs. HHVM Benchmarks

With today's PHP 7.1 release, performance isn't highlighted as much as language improvements to this first major update to PHP7, but I decided to run some PHP 7.1, PHP 7.0, PHP 5.6, PHP 5.5, and HHVM benchmarks of our open-source Phoronix Test Suite code-base. These self-tests of the Phoronix Test Suite aren't the conventional PHP workload of just a CMS, blog, or other web application that can be cached, etc, but effectively of a PHP CLI application. So keep this in mind when looking at the results and that your mileage may vary depending upon use-case. Read more