Wow you brought in the age old discussion of monolithic vs microkernel system! Ever since Windows NT,it is more like a hybrid, definitely not monolithic. I won't go into there because it can become a thesis.Originally Posted by blurblock
If you google a bit, "security push" and "microsoft", you can tell that there have been several initiatives over the years to push security issues on all fronts. Whether they have been successful or not, again, it's a big debatable issue.
The main difference is that the unix users are definately more competent computer users so they know how to solve problems better. Recompiling kernels are parts and parcel of unix administration and definitely not as "easy" as windowsupdate.