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04.18.11

Microsoft Shows Why Servers Run GNU/Linux

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Windows at 4:34 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“Forty percent of servers run Windows, 60 percent run Linux…”

Steve Ballmer (September 2008)

Summary: Another black eye for Microsoft, courtesy of white-hat hackers; Windows gets punctured on the server side just like on the desktop side

MANY of the world’s servers, Web servers in particular, run GNU/Linux. Many of them are not being counted because Microsoft-funded trackers like IDC’s only count revenue, not real market share. CentOS never gets counted even though it is claimed to be the most widely used operating system for servers, at least among the GNU/Linux bunch (it runs Techrights too).

Here we have a reminder from the news, teaching anyone who is still sitting on the fence why Microsoft on servers is a dangerous gamble: [via]

Whitehats pierce giant hole in Microsoft security shield

In late December, Microsoft researchers responding to publicly posted attack code that exploited a vulnerability in the FTP service of IIS told users it wasn’t much of a threat because the worst it probably could do was crash the application.

Meanwhile, in some of the latest MSBBC articles, they fail to mention that the security problems they write about only affect Microsoft Windows. Here is one new example and another that says: “Alexander Gostev, of Kaspersky Labs, told Moscow Echo radio the attack was coming from thousands of infected computers from China, the US and Western Europe.” Well, “infected Windows” is what it ought to say, not “infected computers” as the computers themselves have nothing to do with the defective code that’s electronically or magnetically on disk.

Thank you, Microsoft, for continuing to show why GNU/Linux is the better choice.

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2 Comments

  1. Brotherred said,

    April 18, 2011 at 8:42 pm

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    Great info here thanx for the site. If Groklaw does close and PJ says she will not keep posting like she has been… Then this looks like the place to be.

    I have been listening and reading your stuff for a while and I would not do with out it. This article is great and to see an admitted something like that from Monkeyboy is great.

    If I could say one thing though it would be better for me if the videos that you send out were not in the same feed as your shows.

    Regards.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Thanks for the kind words.

    Do you suggest posting the videos separately, in different posts? TechBytes will hopefully have video within the next week.

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