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Microsoft Shows Why Servers Run GNU/Linux

“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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