Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th May 2006 20:14 UTC
Microsoft A senior Microsoft executive told a BBC documentary that people should use commercial software if they're looking for stability. "Some people want to use community-based software, and they get value out of sharing with other people in the community. Other people want the reliability and the dependability that comes from a commercial software model. And again, at the end of the day, you make the choice based on what has the highest value to you."
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RE[4]: nah
by grep on Sat 20th May 2006 17:22 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: nah "
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Read his post please.

BSDs servers has gone for years without a need of a reboot. that is more then any microsoft windows server has gone.
1240 days
Windows 2000

I proved him wrong. I said nothing about reliability.

Yes but that server is heavilly unpatched, lol...

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RE[5]: nah
by segedunum on Sat 20th May 2006 21:15 in reply to "RE[4]: nah "
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Yes but that server is heavilly unpatched, lol...

That's one possibility, but it is possible, and it is done, to load balance over caching or proxy servers to mask patching, rebooting and unreliability. That's what makes this a meaningless response.


We only report uptimes for systems where the operating system's timer runs at 100Hz or less. Because the TCP code only uses the low 32 bits of the timer, if the timer runs at say 1000Hz, the value wraps around every 49.7 days (whereas at 100Hz it wraps after 497 days). As there are large numbers of systems which have a higher uptime than this, it is not possible to report accurate uptimes for these systems.

The Linux kernel switched to a higher internal timer rate at kernel version 2.5.26. Linux 2.4 used a rate of 100Hz. Linux 2.6 uses a timer at 1000Hz (although some architectures were using 1000Hz before this). (An explanation of the HZ setting in Linux.)

FreeBSD versions 4 and 5 used a 100Hz timer, but FreeBSD 6 has moved to a customisable timer with a default setting of 1000Hz.

So unfortunately this means that we cannot give reliable uptime figures for recent Linux and FreeBSD servers.

So that means no Linux 2.6 based servers in that list either.

Edited 2006-05-20 21:25

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