Linked by Rahul on Thu 20th Nov 2008 03:22 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Royal Pingdom blog has posted with a comparison of home page load times and uptimes and concludes that various Linux distributions and Apple, both beat Microsoft's record.
  • 13/16 Linux distributions (and Apple) had less downtime than Microsoft's homepage.
  • 5/16 Linux distributions had less downtime than Apple's homepage.
  • Four homepages had NO downtime: Red Hat, Mepis, Knoppix and Fedora.
  • Five homepages had more than an hour of downtime: Gentoo, Mandriva, Mint, Arch and Microsoft.
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a month is too short
by Netfun81 on Thu 20th Nov 2008 04:57 UTC
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2008-03-25

This might be interesting if data was taken for 6 months or better yet a year. As a Arch user, I'm sure they would fare much better with longer term data.

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Yeah...
by google_ninja on Thu 20th Nov 2008 05:49 UTC
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2006-02-05

and how many of those have 3 properties on the alexa top 20? you compare microsoft.com to yahoo or google, not arch. It's not hard to maintain uptime when you only have a few thousand visits a month.

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RE: Yeah...
by Soulbender on Thu 20th Nov 2008 09:50 UTC in reply to "Yeah..."
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2005-08-18

On the other hand, it's not hard to maintain uptime when you have microsoft's resources to pour into failover and redundant systems.
Either way, the pingdom statistics are pretty meaningless. All it really tells us is that all of these sites (except Arch) are stable enough for visitors to not notice any downtime and that's what really matters. As for Arch, they could have switched providers or servers or whatever in this (too short) time frame and the result is probably not representative for the long-term availability.

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meaningless
by spiderman on Thu 20th Nov 2008 06:59 UTC
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2008-10-23

While funny, it is meaningless.

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Funny statistic...
by Ford Prefect on Thu 20th Nov 2008 07:36 UTC
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2006-01-16

...but total bogus ;-)

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Comment by Auxx
by Auxx on Thu 20th Nov 2008 12:14 UTC
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2007-04-05

If those linux distro sites encounter so much traffic as microsoft.com has every second, they will die in convultions. By the way, microsoft.com is a very large and sophisticated system, involving a lot of Windows and UNIX servers, with load balancing and caching from third party. Actually end user does not touch microsoft's hardware at all (:

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benben
by benhonghu on Thu 20th Nov 2008 13:58 UTC
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2008-08-24

Yes but most Linux distro websites and Apple's are significantly small compare to the scale of Microsoft's website.

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Fedora???
by tdehoog on Thu 20th Nov 2008 14:12 UTC
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2006-03-21

I can remember the Fedora site being hacked... I wouldn't consider that uptime, since the site wasn't really useful at that time.

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Red Hat RHN (network)...
by centos_user on Fri 21st Nov 2008 01:35 UTC
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2008-11-16

What about RHN, it is under heavy use and traffic, I don't know where you get a few thousand people going to redhat.com they get a lot of traffic.

Plus, RHN is a entire model based off configuration, downloads, uploads, managing MS does not even come close to a scenario like that...

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It's true
by B12 Simon on Fri 21st Nov 2008 12:03 UTC
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2006-11-08

Most of the Windows servers we use in production (we use Windows and linux but we're slowly phasing out the former) do have poorer uptime than linux. That's nothing to do with traffic - they just need rebooting more often.

That's not an anti-Windows bias, just my experience. I imagine most folks working in a mixed environment would report something similar.

Reply Score: 1