Is linux really more secure?

With the recent breaches at Kernel.org and the Linux Foundation several people have started asking is Linux really more secure?  Our assesment of the sitution is that any OS is only as secure as the users and Admin's make it.  A weak user password or failing to keep up with system patches both can end with the same result as the Kernel.org breach showed.  Others like Leo Leporte's Twit Network website were caused by missed updates.  So whether it's Windows, Linux or the Mac poor choices will always lead to insecurity.  Protect your data and that of your fellow users and use long, safe and secure pass phrases.  if your a system admin or Developer push hard to maintain your systems to a reasonable patch level for your company.

Brian Wagner

Brian started working with *nix in while a student at Kent State University in the early 90's. In 1995, as an E-Mail Administrator for Caliber Technology (now part of Fedex) he was tasked with administering Sendmail on both Slackware Linux and Solaris Systems. His first home install of Linux was MkLinux DR1 in 1996 on his 60 Mhz PowerMac. Since then Brian has been working and consulting on Linux and it's uses in the Enterprise to support everything from E-Mail, Firewalls, Web and File serving to custom cluster solutions and grid solutions. Brian has had the opportunity to work in both Fortune 500 companies and small 2 person organizations. This has given him the unique insight into the differences every size business faces.