The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Study finds Windows more secure than Linux: "Believe it or not, a Windows Web server is more secure than a similarly set-up Linux server, according to a study presented yesterday by two Florida researchers.
The researchers, appearing at the RSA Conference of computer-security professionals, discussed the findings in an event, 'Security Showdown: Windows vs. Linux.' One of them, a Linux fan, runs an open-source server at home; the other is a Microsoft enthusiast. They wanted to cut through the near-religious arguments about which system is better from a security standpoint.
'I actually was wrong. The results are very surprising, and there are going to be some people who are skeptical,' said Richard Ford, a computer-science professor at the Florida Institute of Technology who favors Linux. "