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I'm not trashing Linux; I am using fact.
(edited by: littleman at 1:32 pm (gmt) on July 24, 2001
In reality different people need varying things in their software depending on their level of knowledge, objective, financial means and x number of other factors. As such this thread seems to be a communal discussion about an OS that people have for whatever reason found suits their needs and arguing about it wont change that.
(I am far from MS free... so far :) )
The anti MS post I made at the top of this thread was made before this forum existed and is actually not in the spirit of this forum's charter.
I'd look for myself but the proxy here wont let me look at security material :(
So what was installed, was it the default install, server install, desktop install? Was it tweaked? Was it plugged into a network? Have you got some urls we can look at, or even better (as littleman says) some hard data.
Open Source is designed to resolve problems, not create them. It allows all those who use the software to look and evaluate security weaknesses themselves. And in most cases, the open source community is available to fix and redistribute the software quickly.
Windows is a black box. Nobody knows all the weaknesses, and the only way to find out is the hard way.
This Code Red Worm for example is a big deal for (old version) IIS boxes.
From what I hear, Windows is more secure "out of the box" with a default installation, but Linux is far more secure in the hands of administrators that understand it.
Linux also runs with far less overhead in hardware resources, helping to keep costs low.
As far as databases, I have to admit MS SQL 7+ is a superb database system, but there is Oracle, which is still #1(last time I c