Microsoft Corporation has posted a controversial "Linux Myths" Web site that attempts to tear down the hype around this Open Source phenomenon and inject some reality.
"First, it's worth noting that Linux is a UNIX-like operating system," the site reads. "Linux fundamentally relies on 30-year-old operating system technology and architecture. Linux was not designed from the ground-up to support symmetrical multiprocessing (SMP), graphical user interfaces (GUI), asynchronous I/O, fine-grained security model, and many other important characteristics of a modern operating system. These architectural limitations mean that as customers look for a platform to cost effectively deploy scalable, secure, and robust applications, Linux simply cannot deliver on the hype."
Some of the "myths" that Microsoft tackles include:
- Linux performs better than Windows NT
- Linux is more reliable than Windows NT
- Linux is free
- Linux is more secure than Windows NT
- Linux can replace Windows on the desktop
To further fan the flame, please visit Microsoft's Linux Myths Web site