Friday, October 22, 2004

CRN | Breaking News | Ballmer Calls Linux Threat Overblown, Touts Progress With Office, Security

CRN | Breaking News | Ballmer Calls Linux Threat Overblown, Touts Progress With Office, Security: "'There is no appreciable amount of Linux on the client anywhere in the world,' Ballmer said in response to questions from Gartner analysts. 'People can read the drama stories. ... They read about the city of Paris. It said it would adopt Linux. Well, the study came back, and there's no ROI case for Linux for the next seven to eight years.'
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"If I can say nothing else, we've learned a lot more about security than anyone else in the world. That's the good news and the bad news of being in our position of market share," he said. "We need to engineer in fewer vulnerabilities going forward and have a whole new set of development tools to do so. To spot potential vulnerabilities, we've trained our engineers differently, and it makes a dramatic difference, as seen in [Windows] XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003. I can't say all vulnerabilities will be eliminated. Hackers get smarter, too, and threats get more sophisticated.""
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