Windows vs. Linux: Not What You Expect

By Deane Barker on February 18, 2005

Windows web server more secure than Linux, says unpublished study: I never would have picked this outcome. This is one study I might actually read.

In a comparison of Windows Server 2003 and Red Hat Enterprise Server 3, two researches believe that they found Windows Server to be more secure in the areas that they investigated, namely general web hosting, databases, and server-side scripting engines

These guys are out of the Florida Institute of Technology, and one of them is a Linux fan:

“I actually was wrong. The results are very surprising, and there are going to be some people who are skeptical,” said Richard Ford, a computer-science professor at the Florida Institute of Technology who favors Linux.

Stop laughing, Matt.



  1. I find it interesting that there’s so much fuss over this unpublished study. If the evidence is so damning, and the study is valid, why not wait to make these sorts of statements after you release your findings?

  2. ” i think this results will really struck the linux,s small world. The whole world didnot know this recoganized pride of microsoft windows.”

  3. Hey I read the study. I’m a linux devotee myself, have been for years but I can’t find any fault with the methods these guys used. I saw their presentation at RSA and it was hysterical Anyone with half a brain could see it was like a ‘show’ to get the audeince involved. Good one, too. Seriously, though, I find it interesting that everyone has made such a fuss over funding, but no one can fault the actual work. Now, I could think of more meaningful things to look at maybe, but they probably will do this to me it looks like just a first step.

    Hope so anyway.

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