"Yesterday's big news: Linux beat Win2k in SPEC's Second-Quarter
SPECWeb99 shootout. The victory wasn't small, either -- Windows/IIS
on a quad-Xeon box did only 38% as well as Linux did on nearly the
same hardware. Are these meaningless numbers or valuable data? The
Signal Ground team discusses the results below."
"Whenever benchmarks -- especially benchmarking results --
are discussed, many members of the Linux community shudder. This
scorn is certainly not without reason. Benchmarks are an
attempt to reduce huge amounts of data to a small, comprehensible
quantity (sometimes even a single number). Any time such a
transformation is performed, data is lost. Choices have to be made
regarding weights to assign to different characteristics."
"Yet benchmarks are a powerful tool, both for the understanding
of complex systems and for the sales of the same. Marketoids know
the power such numbers hold, and they quote benchmark tests at
every opportunity to win dollars from business decision-makers.
Everybody quotes the benchmarks when they're favorable."
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