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Linux, OpenBSD, Windows Server Comparison: Security Introduction

I think that when comparing operating systems, some of the strongest opinions are expressed, and the most significant misinformation is spread, when security is discussed. Especially when an individual with a strongly UNIX or Windows centric background discusses the systems from the other family, you are likely to encounter gross misinformation. This isn't limited to know nothing Usenet posters or even the trade press. It can even be found in serious technical books from reputable publishers with generally knowledgeable authors. One of my favorites comes from the Wrox book, Professional Apache, by Peter Wainwright. He says "Windows platforms do not support the same concept of user privileges, which is one more reason why UNIX is the preferred platform for Apache." He was obviously confusing the superficial similarity of NT 4 with the Windows 95 family.

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