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A senior Microsoft executive has dismissed Linux's reputation as a secure platform as a "myth," claiming that the open-source development process creates fundamental security problems. Nick McGrath, head of platform strategy for Microsoft in the UK, said that the myths surrounding the open-source operating system are rapidly being exploded, and that customers are dismissing Linux as too immature to cope with mission-critical computing.
Read this: http://lxer.com/module/newswire/view/30723/index.html
Look to the right of the page...
See the Windows vs Linux TCO ad?
The reason for Microsoft's Linux-bashing being reported is easily understandable now.
However, to be fair, you might want to check out this site for the 'other' viewpoint:
I'm sure you'll be glad you did!
Micro soft is talking about 'Responsibility'?
Does M$ feels responsibility in implementing W3 standards in IE ?
what about maximum uptime(days) for M$ OS?
but open source community feels its responsibility in implementing all standards(including POSIX)
I'm not sure, but how many prof. developers work on Linux in IBM, Red Hat, Novell, and many other ...
If we exclude volunteers from community is the number of developer from this companies less from hundred, thousand, less from M$ :)
Thanks in advance for the answer ...
McGrath said: "Who is accountable for the security of the Linux kernel? Does Red Hat (Nasdaq: RHAT) Latest News about Red Hat, for example, take responsibility? It cannot, as it does not produce the Linux kernel. It produces one distribution of Linux."
Actually Red Hat has a very good track record in correcting errors in the versions of the Linux kernel it distributes. I would say it has shown more responsibility than Microsoft with their respective products. Many of the top Linux developers work for Red Hat, so it certainly has the required expertise (same applies also to Novell/SuSE). It is quite silly to claim you need total ownership of the code in order to support it.
By the way, what is the point of publishing interview like this in a (ostensibly) Linux-oriented web site? When you ask a Microsoft executive for opinions on Linux security, you predictably get Linux bashing. It is his job. Leave that to the Microsoft fan sites, and publish some actual Linux related news instead!