Bill Gates on Mac OS X security

Bill Gates, trying to “turn their reputation for swiss-cheese security around on Apple” (as TUAW puts it), claiming:

Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine.

When I read that interview for Newsweek, I knew it wouldn't take long for John Gruber to respond: Lies, Damned Lies, and Bill Gates.

It’s either an angry, slanderous lie, or Bill Gates is an uninformed jackass.

He he. Exactly as John points out, I've yet to see a single exploit in the open that allows a stock Mac OS X 10.4 to be taken over. Not that there aren't any security issues in Mac OS X (or risks in Unix if you leave the door open). But as far as I'm concerned, Apple stands way higher than Microsoft (and Unix vs Windows) in terms of security, and that has been true for a LONG time.

Oh, and I love to hear that the next version of Windows after Vista will be more “user-centric”. I guess we'll all get an idea of where they're heading when Mac OS 10.5 goes out this semester :p.

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C'est le succès du Zune et ses millions partis en fumée lors du feu d'artifice de Vista qui l'ont tout énervé comme ça, le billoute ? ;-)

Ou bien c'est la catastrophe XBOX 360 qui le rend nerveux ? Pour info, la 360 a des défauts de fabrication (on parle de 30% ou plus des consoles vendues) qui la font chauffer et finalement tomber en panne.

Le problème est tellement énorme que M$ a été obligé de reconnaitre le problème et d'accepter de réparer gratuitement les consoles. On parle d'un cout d'un milliard de dollars.

Evidemment, ils ne vont pas réparer gratos pour faire plaisir à leurs clients, c'est surtout que s'ils ne l'avaient pas fait, ils auraient eu un problème encore plus grand avec le "backlash" et les clients qui n'auraient pas manqué d'en parler partout sur le web.

En tout cas, je travaille sur un Mac intel depuis Novembre 2006 et je ne regrette absolument pas Windows, surtout que je travaille tous les jours avec des serveurs Unix.

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