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GNet: How do Linux and Windows NT measure up in real life?

Feb 10, 2000, 20:12 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Frans Godden)

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"The rapid rise of Linux and its growing implementation in a corporate context has spurred many a comparison in the past few months, up to and including attempts to benchmark both operating systems. Still, in the end it's the everyday use that will decide which OS is the most suitable one, and that is why Bloor Research has spent the past year comparing two systems, each running one of the operating systems...."

"Now, in 1999, the situation is entirely different, says Bloor Research. Linux has emerged as a real competitor for Windows NT, even though its capabilities are still being ignored to a large extent. Some analysts have tried to compare both operating systems and a number of benchmarks have been published, but all that the end user is interested in eventually is how the two systems scale up in real life, in everyday use. To that purpose, Bloor Research set up both server platforms and had them running for a full year, side by side. It then compared them on nine criteria : value for money, user satisfaction, application support, interoperability, scalability, availability, support, operational features, and functionality...."

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