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Rebooting is for Windows

Jul 22, 2010, 21:36 (1 Talkback[s])
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"So let's look at two of the most common operating systems used today used in datacenters and on server systems. On one hand, Windows and the other Linux.

"Windows by nature has more downtime per system, because Microsoft releases patches that require frequent rebooting. Windows patches are scheduled to be released on the second Tuesday of each month, so at a minimum once per month Windows systems will need to reboot. Sometimes, patches are released even more frequently, depending on the severity. Windows just can't activate a majority of software updates without rebooting the entire system.

"And now let's take a look at Linux. By nature, Linux is designed to run indefinitely unless the running kernel itself needs to be upgraded. However there have been breakthroughs within the past year (Ksplice is one) where even the kernel itself can be upgraded without a reboot."

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