OSX Tiger vs. Vista vs. Ubuntu Security: a 15 Point Report Card

When shopping for a new computer, your mind is probably spinning with considerations: price, reliability, speed, software capabilities, security, and other specs. Perhaps the hardest part is choosing an operating system on which everything will run. To get a good idea of what capabilities Apple’s OSX Tiger/Leopard, Windows Vista, and Ubuntu Linux have to offer, check out our 15 point report card that compares the levels of protection you’ll get with each of them.

  1. Personal Firewall
    • OSX Tiger: Grade: B+ The Mac’s personal firewall security system denies absolutely every kind of traffic trying to get into your computer, unless of course you choose to explicitly allow it. No word, though, on what it does for outbound communications.
    • Windows Vista: Grade: C+ While Windows boasts that its personal firewall protects your computer from both inbound and outbound communications, some experts beg to differ. They argue that while the capacity for outbound security protection is there, it isn’t effective.
    • Ubuntu: Grade: A- Firestarter is the firewall of choice for Ubuntu users. Most seem happy with the application. Other options include Lokkit, for new users, and Guarddog for advanced users. Guarddog offers sophisticated protection, so it’s almost totally hackproof.
  2. Network Security
    • OSX Tiger: Grade: A Mac’s secure keychain lets you share information within your network without having to worry about others hacking into the system. It’s password protected, so your content is totally safe.
    • Windows Vista: Grade: C A case study about a successful hacking attempt on university computers is published on WindowSecurity.com. One of the main weaknesses with Windows? The study suggests that the network lacked proper intrusion detection and prevention Systems, which "are used to monitor servers and network segments for indications of unusual traffic patterns. These can automatically send alerts to system administrators, or even take action to automatically lock out sessions from the originating systems."
    • Ubuntu: Grade: B+ Ubuntu has a number of solutions for network security. These include Nagios, which monitors your network at all times, Wireshark, which analyzes your network protocols, EtherApe, tcpdump, tcptrace, and others.
  3. Secured Default Configuration and Installation
    • OSX Tiger: Grade: A- When you turn your Mac on for the first time, every possible file and network sharing systems is automatically set to off. This lets you decide whether or not you want to put your computer out in the open.
    • Windows Vista: Grade: B- Administrator accounts are turned off when the computer is powered up for the very first time, boosting security levels; however, weaknesses still exist. This article, from TechRepublic.com, debunks two major myths about the administrator account: "Renaming this account prevents hackers from finding it" and "You can’t lock out the account after failed logon attempts." Both so-called tricks are easily circumvented by hackers.
    • Ubuntu: Grade: A- Ubuntu has a notoriously secure operating system because it doesn’t have too many enemies. Read about these essential security installs to make sure you’re covered. The article boasts that "instead of spending hundreds of dollars on sophisticated firewalls, spyware blockers and intrusion detection and prevention systems, Ubuntu users simply have to install several free programs," like PaX, Pro Police, and Dig Sig.
  4. Auto Update
    • OSX Tiger: Grade: A If you’ve got a Mac, you won’t ever have to worry about whether or not your computer has the most up-to-date hardware and software protection. Their automatic updates come from an official source on a regular basis.
    • Windows Vista: Grade: B+ Microsoft Update allows you to register for automatic Windows and Microsoft Office updates. Pop ups will let you decide whether or not you want to install each update when it’s due for a renewal.
    • Ubuntu: Grade: B Ubuntu users are never short on updates, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to get them implemented. This wiki assures users that "Linux is one of the most secure and "well-updated" operating systems in the world. But with this cutting edge technology comes endless updates. Although this can be seen as a good thing, it can become overly cumbersome and annoying to end-users, simply trying to do their work, without tinkering with the underlying OS."
  5. Personal Settings
    • OSX Tiger: Grade: A+ FireVault "automatically encrypts and decrypts the contents of your home directory," making it virtually impossible for someone to break into your documents.
    • Windows Vista: Grade: C- Vista lacks in the personal security department. Besides creating a username and password to access your desktop, we can’t find any real obstacles to stealing access to your files.
    • Ubuntu: Grade: C+ Unlike Mac, Ubuntu doesn’t have an ecryption system already installed on your computer; however, there are plenty of resources out there. You’ll need to check out the Ubuntu user forum for more advice on protecting your personal settings. For example, create a password that is at least 8 characters long and doesn’t include birthdays, anniversaries, or addresses.
  6. Technical Support
    • OSX Tiger: Grade: A- The Apple Support page has excellent resources for getting support for your OS. Mac 101 introduces new users to Tiger, offering step-by-step instructions for connecting cameras, printers, and other accessories. Plus, it allows access to the Microsoft Cheat Sheet and shows users how to custom design their personal settings. The Apple Support site also has updates available for immediate download and a link to the Mac discussion forums.
    • Windows Vista: Grade: B+ The Windows Vista Solution Center is well organized and offers support in many different areas. Browse topics like error messages, installing and upgrading, security and privacy, networking, configuring and maintaining, and hardware. Or, you can enlist the help of other Windows users in a special community support section if you need even more assistance.
    • Ubuntu: Grade: B+ The Ubuntu Support page: allows users free access to their support team or community forum, but you have to pay to speak with professionals. Ubuntu still maintains a grassroots feel, so going directly to the forum is probably your best bet for finding helpful, informative support.
  7. Spyware Solutions
    • OSX Tiger: Grade: B+ Purchasing MacScan is your best bet for catching spyware, blacklisted cookies, and other harmful applications on a Mac. MacScan goes above and beyond the protection offered by traditional anti-virus programs: It "is designed specifically to detect and eradicate the threat to your Macintosh," whether the threat comes from viruses or spyware.
    • Windows Vista: Grade: C This review of Windows Defender applauds the spyware blocker for being included free on Vista programs, but admits it’s nearly useless on its own. Free of charge, Defender is "included in the new Windows Vista operating system" and "can run manual and scheduled scans;" however, you’ll need to supplement another anti-spyware program for maximum benefits.
    • Ubuntu: Grade: A- Clever ways to avoid spyware are abundant on the Linux-based operating system’s forum. Advanced users can find solutions they can implement on their own without having to purchase expensive programs.
  8. Hardware Performance
    • OSX Tiger: Grade: B It’s fairly easy to secure hardware on OSX. This article, found on About.com, gives tips for cleaning up your hard drive in order to make your computer run more effectively. It has suggestions like: remove deleted applications’ files from the Preferences, Extensions, and Control Panels folders; remove temporary files; and remove downloaded files.
    • Windows Vista: Grade: B- Windows Vista has a hardware assessment tool that will evaluate your computer’s ability to run the appropriate Windows program securely and effectively. According to Microsoft’s Technet, "the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment Solution Accelerator provides secure, agentless inventory for up to 25,000 computers. It collects and organizes system resource and device information, network wide and remotely, from a single networked computer."
    • Ubuntu: Grade: B+ When pitted against Windows Vista, it’s easy to see Ubuntu’s hardware strenghts from security to reliability. Ubuntu has much less trouble adapting to the 64-bit configuration and excells in many other areas as well.
  9. Default Web Browsers
    • OSX Tiger: Grade: A- Mac’s default Web browser, Safari 3.0, claims to be "up to 2 times faster than Internet Explorer." This review from MacWorld details the pros and cons of Safari 3.0. While Steve Jobs praises the incredible speed, the author can’t find much difference between Safari and other browsers; however, the author was impressed by the improvements to the find-on pages.
    • Windows Vista: Grade: C It’s no secret that many users loathe Internet Explorer, opting instead to download Mozilla Firefox or other solutions. Although IE has been updated with tabs and a few other improvements, it’s still flawed with security and ease of use problems.
    • Ubuntu: Grade: A Ubuntu’s default browser is Firefox, which is widely applauded for its tight security and useful add-ons.
  10. Administrator Accounts
    • OSX Tiger: Grade: B+ Apple discourages using the administrator account frequently, as it exposes your computer to potentially insecure networks and even hackers. They advise users to set up personal accounts for everyday use so they can "prevent [themselves] from accidentally breaking their systems," according to Apple’s Developer Connection.
    • Windows Vista: Grade: C+ The User Account Control allows Vista users to run administrative programs as a standard user, making actions more secure and easier to use in general. This article explains, "running with standard user rights can therefore reduce urgent help desk calls in corporate environments, mitigate the impact of malware, keep home computers running more smoothly, and protect sensitive data on shared computers." Some argue, though, that this process makes Windows more vulnerable to outside attacks.
    • Ubuntu: Grade: B- Administrator passwords are generally not necessary, unless you’re going to create a non-administrator account on the same network. The initial user must enter his or her password, but doing this is still controversial. You can read more information about managing users here. The author illuminates, "inevitably, once you set up Ubuntu in your home or office, others will come to you begging to get access…In other words, you need a good way to give them access without giving them the keys to the system." Adding new users with restricted accounts is incredibly easy and secure with Ubuntu.
  11. Sharing Computer Accessories
    • OSX Tiger: Grade: A- Mac and Windows can now share printers and faxes, according to Apple.com: "You can create a queue for as many shared Windows (and Macintosh) printers as you like, and any application that can print on the Macintosh can print to the shared printer." Read this overview to find out how it’s all possible. Just remember, though, opening up your network to share accessories can have an impact on security.
    • Windows Vista: Grade: A- See above for sharing with a Mac. You’ll also want to check out this article, which gives tips on how to share a printer from Windows.
    • Ubuntu: Grade: B+ Like most Ubuntu components, it’s easy to figure out how to share accessories, thanks to resources like Peter’s Blog, which shares with readers how to configure a system for printer sharing and writing.
  12. Bluetooth Capabilities
    • OSX Tiger: Grade: B Last year, a Bluetooth worm infected the Mac OS X, but the problem has been fixed. No other viruses have posed major problems.
    • Windows Vista: Grade: B- Some users have complained of not being able to use their headsets with a Vista computer, even though the general Bluetooth system is quite compatible.
    • Ubuntu: Grade: B Configuring your Linux-based computer with Bluetooth may seem frustrating at first, but it’s definitely possible. Check out this helpful guide for a complete run down on linking up your phone and computer.
  13. Data Protection
    • OSX Tiger: Grade: B+ Apple has a solution in BakBone Software, which created exlusively for "Apple’s Xserve, Xserve RAID and Xsan product lines." The program has a maximum data protection system that’s reliable and easy to use.
    • Windows Vista: Grade: B Windows Vista has a third party data protection solution, too. The BitLocker is a tool that is used when content is under attack or in the process of being stolen. It "addresses the threats of data theft or exposure from lost, stolen, or inappropriately decommissioned personal computers by providing a closely integrated solution in Windows Vista." Lock down your system by encrypting it with BitLocker.
    • Ubuntu: Grade: A- Don’t worry, Ubuntu has one, too.R1Soft is compatible with Linux-based systems like Ubuntu. This software continuously backs up data as soon as it is entered into the computer. Traditional "methods often only provide data protection on a daily or weekly basis, resulting in large losses of data in the event of a disaster. R1Soft’s CDP Server, however, monitors changes to the disk as they happen, thereby reducing backup windows to seconds or minutes."
  14. Application Compatibility
    • OSX Tiger: Grade: A- Apple has become more compatible with Windows. Read this article to find out exactly how it works.
    • Windows Vista: Grade: A The Program Compatibility Assistant notifies users when new compatibility updates are available. Additionally, "Microsoft is also releasing an Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0 in alignment with the release of Windows Vista, allowing enterprises to immediately begin identifying application compatibility issues for their Windows Vista deployment in their current environment." Consistent, continuous attention to application combatibility gives Vista a high score.
    • Ubuntu: Grade: A- Ubuntu’s Migration Assistant "will detect if you have a Windows partition on your system and offer to migrate your settings to Ubuntu." Positive reviews are all over the Internet.
  15. Permanent Deletion
    • OSX Tiger: Grade: A- The Tiger offers Secure Erase Trash to make sure you’re really destroying files. The applicatin "immediately overwrites the file with erroneous data, so that the file disappears and cannot be reconstructed."
    • Windows Vista: Grade: C- The program Schredit "has a unique feature called Schred my Trashcan," while Okoker Delete is "designed to help you permanently delete data from your PC by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns." Double check the settings before you download, though. You’ll probably have to pay for it.
    • Ubuntu: Grade: B It’s possible to permanently delete items on Ubuntu, but like most other components of this OS, you’ll have to work for it.

Overall Review

  • OSX Tiger: Overall Grade: A- Apple is continuously upgrading its security systems and design. Due out soon is the Leopard, which will probably include even more security features that are just as user friendly as the Tiger.
  • Windows Vista: Overall Grade: B- Windows Vista has improved its security systems, but it’s still generally regarded as lacking in the user-friendliness department and tends to be a memory hog.
  • Ubuntu: Overall Grade: B+ When compared with giants OSX and Windows, Ubuntu is still a relatively unpopular OS, but it stands up to the competition well. Self-installation is regarded as one of the perks among Ubuntu techies, and the available technical support is easy to find and understand.

Comments

  1. says

    The score on the Application Compatibility section on Vista seems a little generous. There’s lots of Windows XP stuff that doesnt work on Vista. Granted, they tell you about it, but it still doesnt really help.

    Given that the main strength of the Microsoft message is that its a safe and secure upgrade path – and yet whilst warning users, but still doestn let the old code run – I would probably give it a C.

    Great article, keep up the good work!

    —* Bill

  2. says

    While I applaud you for trying to distill a large and complex topic into a small tasty snack I find the result to be remarkably random and arbitrary.

    Many of the snippets about each operating system have no relevance to the operating system’s security and many are not even about security. Some miss the mark entirely and start talking about a different OS !

    At some stages you deride an OS for not including a feature as default and yet other times you talk about commercial third party applications as if they came with the OS.

    You fail to mention Opera which has the best security record of any browser, although browsers are one of the snippets I mentioned that are not really relevant to the OS.

    The link about the Mac worm went to an article that stated that the flaw was patched six months before the worm was released and it relied on certain Bluetooth functionality that was due to expire two weeks after the release of the worm.

    I don’t mean to be overly negative but I couldn’t just leave without saying *something*. There is so much more I could complain about but I’d rather compliment you for having a go. Too many people ignore security because it looks too much like hard work. Hopefully your article will inspire at least some people to care about their own security.

  3. says

    Thanks for taking the time to put this together. There are so many factors that affect security, i.e. human error. But without the proper security controls in place in the first place, we start from subzero in the fight against malicious attackers. I was not to see how well Ubuntu stacked up.

  4. Fannie Barker says

    Your article is more than a little biased against Microsoft. Point after point you test the default Vista system against upgraded Tiger and Ubuntu systems:

    “Ubuntu users simply have to install several free programs, like PaX, Pro Police, and Dig Sig. “…

    “Purchasing MacScan is your best bet for catching spyware”…

    “Apple has a solution in BakBone Software”

    This isn’t an apples-to-apples test. Do the test straight out of the box.

  5. says

    You have , I think, tried to compare product security. Now, IMO, this is flawed because security is a process, and the secure browser is one which helps a user to undertake this process easily. Also, you forget the vendor attitude towards security: i.e is the vendor trying to hide holes? Are they pushing hidden patches?
    IMO, Ubuntu is the most secure browser among the three because: All software vulnerabilities, be they of the core operating system or of “third party ” apps are fixed by one click through Synaptic. Both the Mac and Vista base level security is dependent on the user taking each and every third party app and updating them separately, a waste of time and also a thing that is not known among many users. At least Vista has a third party app called Secunia PSI to take care of this relatively easily, but, as far as I know, Mac has none. Therefore on this count, Ubuntu should get a A , Vista C and the Mac C-.
    About the attitude of the vendors, both Microsoft and Apple have a bad attitude towards security. Microsoft hides fixed holes, Apple threatens Security researchers. Such an attitude is counterproductive to the security process. I would give both of them low marks in this regard.
    Your browser comparison is also flawed. Microsoft IE with protected mode is more secure than the safari on the mac and Firefox on older Ubuntu. However, the latest Ubuntu, Gutsy has Apparmor built in, which will make it the most secure. Anyway, Safari is the least secure of the three browsers. Do not go by just exploits, by architecture, IE on Vista is more secure than Safari on Mac. You can loathe it for being a non-standards compliant slow browser (which it is) but in terms of security, IE has the Safari on Mac covered.

  6. says

    The link to the About.com article for keeping your Mac clean is meant for Mac OS 9 [aka Classic]. New Macs do not have an Extensions folder, Control Panels folder, etc.

    Also, one does not need to purchase MacScan – there exists no known viruses or spyware for the Mac. Yes, tracking cookies can be easily put on a Mac, but those are not spyware items [they are still icky, but using safe surfing practices and putting Safari into Private Browsing mode will protect you from those kinds of cookies and is a lot more secure way of surfing the web than IE7’s protected mode].

    Also, like mentioned above, you have compared some items unfairly – I’m certainly not an MS fan, but comparing the built in apps to 3rd party apps for Mac is not fair. Compare the apps that come with the OS please; keep it an even playing field.

  7. says

    Nilotpal, there is a Mac solution to “apt-get upgrade” although it’s not quite the same. VersionTracker has installable software and an associated website that keeps track of all third-party applications and their most recent versions. It will prompt you when you need to upgrade anything. It’s not free (subscription model, the silly twits) but it will do the job for anyone who wants it.

    Mac OS X also has fink, which is essentially an apt clone for the Mac OS. It will quite happily install practically anything GNU.

    Having said that, Mac OS X badly needs something as good as apt. Apple COULD make it, but they won’t. It would inevitably be seen as favouring certain applications and as a commercial entity they can’t afford that. We’ll have to rely on OpenSource to come to the rescue… again.

  8. Disappointed Researcher says

    Laura certainly does not come across as an unbiased reviewer of OS. How does giving the user the option to update or not a handicap? I personally would like to know what is happening in the background of my system. Neither do I like my internet becoming slow due to unknown downloads in the background and sudden requests to reboot to install all the downloaded updates. If taking the choice out of user’s hands is being a better OS…..

    Under personal settings, the reviewer says that Windows security is bad because it only has password protection, that really is not a bad security at all. Anyone worried about the security of the data will ensure the password protection is hack-proof.

    Macscan being better than Defender, I can quote plenty of credible security reviewers who rate Windows Defender as the best security tool. If nothing else, I will say that both Tiger and Vista are comparable in this point.

    I have noticed that on every point Vista has fared near the bottom in comparison (barring one or two points where the reviewer really could not find anything negative to say).

    It is one of the most biased review between OS that I have read.

    I am not commenting on Ubuntu as I have never used it or read about it. But keeping in mind the treatment meted out to Tiger and Vista I do not think I will accept any rating given by this reviewer.

  9. Da Xue says

    Levels of Protection is the key word for this article. It’s not focus on security but rather security through obscurity. I don’t recommend consumers purchase computers based on these assessments made by Laura because numerous elements are potential pitfalls.

    First Ubuntu is reserved for people who are good with shell. With Linux there is no GUI substitute for many things, leaving shell commands as the only option. Second, Linux’s variety of names will confuse most consumers. And lastly, Ubuntu is not packaged for most PC with all the core components such as drivers and supporting software for the hardware. Support for third party software is minimal at best.

    With respect to Mac OS X, it is clearly built for simple people who want to interact with technology. There aren’t complicated commands nor confusing control panels. Everything just works…in certain environments. For the home office, Mac OS X is good for typing and printing the occasional documents, email, IM, google, youtube, and media but it’s usefulness is limited to that. There is some selection in games and applications but it is neither complete nor are the subsystems capable of running such intense software. Another limitation is that OS X supports a limited peripheral base.

    Windows is the jack of all trades. While it is not the best in any specific category, it’s the best overall. It is a compromise between complete customization and controlled customization. Many of the security issues mentioned in this article are a non-issue. Users are by far the weakest flaw in the security chain. Windows has been tested in rigorous server and desktop environments by almost all companies while Mac OS X cannot even make a penetration into that world due to its fundamental limitations. As for browsers and third party software, the market leader gets to dictate the path. More websites are compatible with IE than Firefox. It’s as simple as that. Microsoft can be idealistic and create browsers like Safari but it would be nothing less than a mental exercise since it is horrible to waste the precious time of developers like Apple does with every generation of Mac OS X.

  10. Keith says

    Well, at the very least this “review” certainly clears up any doubts as to the bias of VirtualHosting.com ! I appreciate the transparency so I don’t need to waste any time in the future!

  11. d503 says

    Hah, how much Apple pay you for this?

    It’s common knowledge that Linux based distributions (Ubuntu, Fedora, etc.) are more secure than windows or Mac OS.

    Fedora, for instance, is used by NASA. So, I guess, is quite good.

    Almost all big corporations are running on UNIX, so the question will be why they don’t use MS or Mac OS. First their price is overrated, second their security sucks. Even better UNIX is open so if you are a big corporation all you have to do is hire few programmers and you will have fully customized OS, build for your own needs and with brand new security system.

    p.s. The future is in open software, so it would be better to learn Linux now.

  12. D.W. says

    So, Mac OS is built for “simple people” and it “can’t do very much.” Maybe this computer geek is a bit out of sync with the times! The US Army is now undergoing a multi-billion dollar program of taking ALL of their computers (nationally and internationally) OFF Microsoft Vista because of Hackers and the Chinese/Soviet governments whose repeated attempts against our National Security has brought to the US government attention to our need for more “secure OS systems”. The US Army (the other armed forces will follow the pattern of the Army) is utilizing a mixture of Linux and Mac computers because of the safety record of the Unix server and as a means to keep the computer hackers at bay! I can speak from personal experience of the “jack of all trades.. the Microsoft experience, be it Windows XP or Vista! I have purchased my FIRST computer five years ago and invested in almost $500.00 worth of security software programs which were clearly broke into, one right after another by “professional hackers”. When I purchased my Mac computer I have had “attempts” but these attempts were brought to my attention by my computer’s programs or by my attention to ongoing background programs/applications. I would NEVER, EVER, EVER, change to a PC again! I do not care about the “jack of all trades mentality!. I only know that from MY personal experience that when you try cover ALL tracks you become the “personal target” of many hackers, especially those with criminal intent. I will surely forego the many uses of Microsoft for the SECURITY that Macs provide for their users! It has been mentioned in many PC magazines that the initial purpose of Microsoft Windows XP or Vista is for “availability for ALL” and “relative ease for everyone.” The basis of Macs is for personal security (along with Ubuntu!) Because of the “availability for ALL”; (Microsoft Windows XP or Vista) it also has meant “relatively easy for hackers to access!

    Trying to be easily accessible to everyone and trying to cover as many applications/programs has its drawbacks! When “accessability to all” takes preponderance to security is when the majority of people start to turning to “simpler” OS systems or open source OS systems. It is estimated that as of 2007 that 42-45% of today’s business has given up
    Microsoft and turned to either Linux or Mac. That percentage will continually be going up with the increasing threat of Identity theft, hackers, and mostly by malware! Bill Gates said that the magnitute of malware was such that even Microsoft could not address the personal/corporation safety and that the only way to keep the threat of malware at a minimum, keep it “at bay” was to totally erase and reformat the computer system(s) at a monthly basis. Really! and how do YOU think most companies small or large would respond to that suggestion? For business, time is money and the idea of having to do this on a monthly basis would be a costly endeavor! I am afraid that the “easy accessability features” and the “Jack of all trades” of Microsoft has led to relative ease from hackers to access corporate files as well as potential ID theft from relatively insecure servers.

    The old saying goes…”If its not broken don’t try to fix it.” It IS because of its simplistic emphasis on security from the ground up and its use of the Unix Server that BOTH MACS AND LINUX are continuing to grow within the business community and the Armed Forces.

    Sadly, it seems that the last people to know about the growing trend away from Microsoft is the public at large. You know, those who use home PCs, those who use laptops, and those who use wireless!

  13. Bert says

    The Mac’s score seems to be on the dot. Vista seems inconsistent as it was sometimes too high or low. Ubuntu was a little too generous. Considering a lot of work has to be done, it got higher scores when the same criteria had to be applied to Vista.

    I use Vista and Ubuntu, both at home and at work. I will admit that Ubuntu is faster to use that Vista. Vista is a turtle compared to XP. But I don’t think Ubuntu score should be higher at this point in time. Probably with the release of 8.04. At best it is at par with Vista when all the scores are taken in to consideration.

  14. says

    In naming the iPhone the best invention of 2007, you forgot about Windows-based PDA phones. They’ve been out for years. Touch interface? Big deal. As you noted, it’s been done before. A miniaturized operating system? Done. Windows-based phones are everything the iPhone is and more. The phones can text, MMS, e-mail (through POP, IMAP, Exchange), surf the real Web at broadband speed on EVDO networks and open, edit and save documents. The iPhone is for kids. Windows Mobile PDA phones are for adults who need to do real work.

  15. LS says

    What people forget is that really Linux servers run most of the internet. So the fact is that Linux is battle tested and hardended against any type of malware/hacker threats. With it’s rapid kernel development and security updates its very well suited to high performance secure cloud computing. Linux, Open Source development and the internet is going to kill alot of proprietary software -making it into a mere commodity. No way I’m trusting my important data to anything but (Ubuntu) Linux on desktop and server.

  16. indigo196 says

    This article was a joke and filled with more mistakes than a eighth grade spelling quiz given to first grade students.

    I am not sure how network security on a Mac is complete with ‘keychain’ while Ubuntu (Linux) falls short with a plethora of ‘tools’. I sense that the author is very mis-informed about what the ‘network’ really is.

    The user talks about personal settings in reference to personal files being secured… ok… lets stick to personal security. I can encrypt an entire disk in Vista or I can encrypt just a portion of the files system. They must have missed the option to encrypt folders that is gotten to by hitting the advanced button on a folders properties ‘general’ tab. For a note if you use folder encryption like the Mac your files are accessible because of ram, ram slack and virtual memory.

    Safari as a default browser is potentially the worse pick of the bunch. It was the reason that the Mac was pwned in the pwn2own contest.

    Sorry… but while the overall conclusion might be right the evidence given is in some cases clearly false.

  17. mick says

    All of my computers ran vista,xp. But i”ve started switching to ubuntu because of the fact that everytime i’ve tuned around i had crash’s on them. With ubuntu i haven’t had one crash and really the only problem i’ve had was the mouse locking up and i’d rather have that problem then haveing to repair Xp.Vista all the time. I’ve never used a mac so i dont know about it but for MS software i’ve had enough and i love ubuntu better then xp,vista OS.

  18. Wellslogan says

    Ok, so this article was unfortunately a waste of my time- I found it incredibly biased against microsoft windows, as with many of the points vista scored much lower than mac os x.

  19. says

    ubuntu is the best. more sucure, no viruses “for the most part”, very hard to hack, more stable platform than windows or mac. all free open sorce app’s. way better visuals with compiz fusion.
    long live open sorce.

  20. Google says

    Well,I read The article and all Comments. Thanx for all for their nice reviews, Nice discussion. I am new to Ubuntu, I used MS,never used mac coz of its higher prices.I know one thing Linux is base of computer systems.and Ubutu is Linux based with nice interface also Like MS.I read several of articels about OS. So i decided to try it.

    Now Ubuntu is my First Choice Coz its safe and Fast. than other OS
    SORRY FOR MY ENGLISH.!!

    Thanks Everyone Once Again !

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