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Is Linux Better than Windows Software?
May/June 2009 (vol. 26 no. 3)
pp. 104, 103
Adenekan (Nick) Dedeke, Northeastern University
The evidence is not that clear-cut on whether Linux's performance and quality are higher than those of Windows.

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Index Terms:
Linux, Windows, open source software, software development, software security
Citation:
Adenekan (Nick) Dedeke, "Is Linux Better than Windows Software?," IEEE Software, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 104, 103, May-June 2009, doi:10.1109/MS.2009.72
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