A recent study conducted by Pingdom shows that Linux and Mac servers have a lot less downtime than those running a Microsoft OS.
The data is based off the uptime of the individual companies’ websites. Apple, Microsoft, Red Hat, Slackware, and the others listed all use their own operating systems to run their servers, and you would expect them to put a bit of resources into making sure their sites are as reliable as possible, correct? After all, would you use a server OS from an organization whose website goes down frequently? Normally a product’s website speaks well for the product’s reliability, or so many people assume anyway.
It should be taken into account that these websites have different kinds of resources behind them. Many are run by enthusiasts with a minimum of resources, while others have corporate backing. Keep this in mind while reviewing the data.
Yet Microsoft, who arguably has the most cash to throw around, has one of the worst scores downtime-wise. I’m not a Microsoft fan by any stretch (I like Linux on my servers, and the Mac OS for desktop use), though I have more experience with their consumer-level OSes than any other. I know Windows is a pile of swiss-cheesed spaghetti code…but with the kind of resources they have, how are they letting everyone else run cirlces around them? It’s not even funny anymore.
For all the fun charts and numbers, click through to Royal Pingdom to the full article.