"In a first-of-its-kind open benchmark comparing the performance
of Linux and Windows NT, PC Week Labs not only found that NT
remains substantially faster but also isolated Linux's shortcomings
and gained insight into where future development of the open-source
operating system should be headed.
"After a tortuous five days of tests, audited by the best and
the brightest from Mindcraft, Microsoft and Red Hat Software Inc.,
and despite significant tuning improvements made on the Linux side,
Windows NT 4.0 still beat Linux using the Apache Web server and
Samba in every performance category, although the margin of victory
was smaller than in Mindcraft's tests.
"But far more interesting is that, in all the areas in which the
Linux community cried foul, its assumptions were wrong. Where
kernel problems were found, fixes are already under way."
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