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Dell Back-Tracks on Linux Being Safer Than Windows
on Tue 22nd Jun 2010 16:14 UTC, submitted by
takes note of some interesting changes Dell made to the Linux page we
linked to last week
. They watered down some of their pro-Linux claims, but not as far as you might think.
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on Tue 22nd Jun 2010 21:10 UTC
You see Windows was designed as a single-user, non-networked operating system. That design is still at the heart of Windows, which is why security must always be an add-on to Windows.
This is not correct. "Windows" (1.0-3.11, 9x, me) was a natively single user product. NT (3.1-4, 2000, XP, Vista, Win7) remains natively multi user, and was always built for networks. The design of NT always included multiple users, multiple groups per user, flexible ACLs, fine grained privilege, and other concepts which Linux has been retrofitting.
Windows has been harmed by setup insisting that a user account must be created in the administrators group, which has led to people to run as an admin all the time. Running as root all the time is much more rare on UNIX/Linux.
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