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Jun 29, 1999, 16:30 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Recently, Mindcraft, a Silicon Valley-based independent testing organization, and PC Week Labs, released results from their benchmark tests comparing the performance of Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 to the latest version of Linux. The studies concluded that Windows NT shows superior performance to Linux.

Sam Ockman, a leading Linux expert and president of Penguin Computing said, 'The tests provide useful data but there is still room for improvement. Imagine... there was a test that proved that a Ford could corner better than a Chevy at 120 m.p.h. The result of such a study, while technically accurate, would not be relevant to many customers. That is just the sort of study that we have seen this week.'

Ockman adds, 'Both Windows and Linux are fast enough for normal corporate users, but Linux is far superior to Windows NT in four very important categories that were not considered in the tests: reliability, stability, security and expandability. These are some of the most important factors for any IT manager in making a purchasing decision.' "

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