Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

Dell: Ubuntu Safer than Windows

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 94 comments

Is Canonical's Ubuntu operating system safer than Windows 7?

Although Dell has shipped millions of PCs running Windows-based operating systems, the company is apparently well-aware of the security issues surrounding the Microsoft OS. In fact, while currently promoting its products that use Canonical's Ubuntu operating system, Dell is boldly claiming that the Linux-based solution is actually more secure.

"Ubuntu is safer than Microsoft Windows," Dell said (additional pdf) in its list of top ten things users should know about Ubuntu. "The vast majority of viruses and spyware written by hackers are not designed to target and attack Linux."

While Dell does have a point, it did not provide any additional details. Instead, Dell backed its claim by saying that Linux has been around for almost twenty years. Not only is it stable and reliable, but it's also pervasive.

"Linux is used on computers of all sizes ranging from the biggest to the smallest," Dell said. "If you’re the kind of person who likes your computer to simply work, Ubuntu is right for you. It’s based on stable, secure, easy-to-use software that’s been around for a long time."

Dell has shipped Ubuntu-based rigs since 2007, and even claims that it's sold more than any other computer maker in the world. Currently Microsoft has not issued a retaliation, however we're betting that a few execs will get their feathers ruffled and force Dell to remove the comments.

Display 94 Comments.
This thread is closed for comments
Top Comments
  • 26 Hide
    gwwerner , June 14, 2010 10:07 PM
    Linux more secure than windows? Who saw that coming? As long as the vast majority of malware is written for windows, then everything else is safer.
  • 21 Hide
    Anonymous , June 14, 2010 10:21 PM
    People often mistake security with vulnerability.
  • 19 Hide
    lauxenburg , June 14, 2010 9:43 PM
    Of course its safer than Windows.
Other Comments
  • 19 Hide
    lauxenburg , June 14, 2010 9:43 PM
    Of course its safer than Windows.
  • 4 Hide
    tpho2500 , June 14, 2010 9:54 PM
    who knew?
  • 15 Hide
    LATTEH , June 14, 2010 9:56 PM
    i would use linux as my main OS but most game devs don't support OpenGL...


    and doing level design makes it even harder to switch over :S
  • 26 Hide
    gwwerner , June 14, 2010 10:07 PM
    Linux more secure than windows? Who saw that coming? As long as the vast majority of malware is written for windows, then everything else is safer.
  • 12 Hide
    skevil , June 14, 2010 10:13 PM
    BREAKING NEWS


    Linux safer than Windows--who would have ever thought?

    More at 10.
  • 16 Hide
    jdubsbooth , June 14, 2010 10:17 PM
    In other news, the sky is blue.

    Seriously, when was this ever questioned? The only reason Ubuntu and linux in general aren't more popular than they are is because of all the hurdles you have to jump to get trivial things like mouse buttons working.
  • 21 Hide
    Anonymous , June 14, 2010 10:21 PM
    People often mistake security with vulnerability.
  • -2 Hide
    nonxcarbonx , June 14, 2010 10:23 PM
    Why not just go with Debian?
  • 2 Hide
    zoemayne , June 14, 2010 10:25 PM
    so why is starcraft 2 not being made for ubuntu that would be nice....
  • 14 Hide
    Gin Fushicho , June 14, 2010 10:26 PM
    "simply work"? Linux is a pain in the ass to get the things to work you want to work, unless everything is pre-installed.

    But I have the feeling that if Dell starts selling Linux only computers that soon they will get heaps of viruses too.
  • 7 Hide
    iLLz , June 14, 2010 10:36 PM
    I don't know about "SAFER". I mean in the context that far less malicious software is written to target these systems then sure, but is it really "safer"?

    Windows 7 has alot of Memory Randomizations and such now to help protect the systems that run it. Not too keen on linux protection mechanisms but I doubt linux goes thru the lenghts Windows does to protect you.

    Im not saying Win 7 is perfect, far from it but that is the nature of software. If people have the will and persistence, they will find a weakness in ur code.

    To me, this Dell statement is vague and baseless and doesn't even have any data or facts to back it up, other than Microsoft has all the market share so everyone writes malware for it.
  • 10 Hide
    fusion_gtx , June 14, 2010 10:37 PM
    Obviously it's going to be safer. For the same reason that a Mac is safer, Linux does not command the market-share that Windows does. If that were to change and either Linux or Mac would control the majority of the market then we would constantly be reading about how bad Mac/Linux does with security.
  • 6 Hide
    Abrahm , June 14, 2010 10:40 PM
    Don't get me wrong, I like Linux, and I like Ubuntu a lot. I have more boxes running Linux than I do running Windows. But I still would never use Linux as my only OS.

    I think saying "If you’re the kind of person who likes your computer to simply work, Ubuntu is right for you." is a bit misleading. I've had more issues with Ubuntu than I have with Windows(Usually video drivers), and the vast majority of the time the fix for Windows is much simpler than what needs to be done for Linux. You average computer user that is overwhelmed by Windows won't be able to handle Linux in my opinion.
  • 4 Hide
    planchero , June 14, 2010 10:43 PM
    I like Linux I really do I hope it gets better and better for everything I need to do. However statements like "If you’re the kind of person who likes your computer to simply work, Ubuntu is right for you." makes me feel like they are out of touch with reality. There are programs that people use purely to work that just won’t work on Linux from accounting software to graphic and film editing. I’m not saying that there are not like replacements for Linux that work as well if not better just that it might not do everything I might need to do my job.
    That said long live Linux.
  • 11 Hide
    mdillenbeck , June 14, 2010 10:57 PM
    ...which is why Dell has offered home and business purchasers the option of getting Ubuntu instead of Windows on their system for quite some time. Er.... um.... well, maybe not.

    At least they always make sure linux driver support exists for all their products, right? ........or maybe not.

    Seriously, if Dell really wanted to get behind Ubuntu they should:

    1) Offer it as an option as an OS for any purchase
    2) Support linux drivers for their systems
    3) Sell paid linux support as an option
    4) Produce a DVD/Webinar on how to use Ubuntu for home users in order to promote adoption
    5) EXPLAIN the differences between linux and Windows.
  • 11 Hide
    guzz46 , June 14, 2010 11:11 PM
    Ubuntu "simply works" for me, all my mouse buttons work, my video driver works (without using fglrx), it's twice as fast as windows 7 on the same machine, and i don't need any antivirus & antispyware software using up resources.

    I don't know why people keep using the market share theory as the reason why linux is safer, linux has the market-share majority in servers & has done for a long time, yet where are all the viruses for linux?
  • 3 Hide
    shloader , June 14, 2010 11:22 PM
    I don't think the point of the article was to start a Ubuntu debate but with a title like that it was unavoidable. Rather the headline should read "Hey... Dell is making pro alternative-OS statements". That's where the news is. You wouldn't think Dell would make statements that might have a negative effect on their cost of software from Microsoft. What's next? Dell: OpenOffice.org a better value than MS Office? Dell doesn't make statements like this without first anticipating what affect it would have on their relationships with business partners (i.e. Microsoft). This reminds me of years ago when I got a pop-up from Dell asking me a one question survey; Would you like to see Dell offer computers with AMD processors?

    As for the actual statements I kinda agree with some of them but I've only tasted Windows 7... and I liked it. However Ubuntu has been running my file server for 2.5 years cuz 'it just works'. Ubuntu runs my Media PC cuz VDPAU on XBMC is awesome. But right now I'm using my office computer where TightVNC and my old games just work better on XP. But if I can get my few old games and a smooth VNC client on Ubuntu to work then XP is so gone.
  • -4 Hide
    matt314 , June 14, 2010 11:25 PM
    My alarm clock is safer than both.
  • -2 Hide
    gimarbazat , June 14, 2010 11:39 PM
    ascA
  • 2 Hide
    gimarbazat , June 14, 2010 11:40 PM
    I think Dell is more concerned of money than safety. Since ubuntu is getting better why not ship computers with free software instead of paying microsoft milions
Display more comments