Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 11th Jan 2006 18:04 UTC
Bugs & Viruses Tests at Microsoft's Linux lab show that counting the raw number of security updates required by the various operating system flavors is not as meaningful as examining the efficiency of the update process.
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RE: Patching process
by suryad on Thu 12th Jan 2006 07:25 UTC in reply to "Patching process"
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I am an avid XP user because I prefer it to Linux simply because it is easier for me and less hassle configuring and downloading packages and compiling and adding switches and tweaking that file etc etc. Lets face it the right way to do any kind of *NIX is the OS X way of doing it. Period. That is not what we are discussing here however. The patching process in XP is pretty streamlined. But that is not also what the article is about. Tests at MS's Linux lab sounds crazy right from the start! WTF is MS doing with Linux? Sure they are experimenting and learning and doing various things trying to improve their own OS. That is all great and good. But you cannot expect anyone to seriously believe that these results shouldnt be taken with a grain of salt. Hire an independent tester. Hire someone who will be the mediator and will take a look at both MS and Linux code. Make them sign NDAs or whatever the hell if MS is so freaking paranoid about losing their precious code...like the OS is not pirated at all by millions of XP users anyway right? Bottomline is MS can easily hire an independent group of testers but they will never do that beacuse the truth is that Linux is more secure. I am an XP user because simply I am used to it and there are a lot of softwares I use that do not run on Linux. But I will be ready to admit XP's weaknesses. Things have improved a lot there is no doubt but there is still room to improve. MS knows XP is security compromised...they should just nail all the damn flaws they know all at once. They have a huge number of employees after all.

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