Linked by David Adams on Thu 17th Jul 2008 05:59 UTC, submitted by Caffeine Deprived
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Microsoft's Windows beat operating system rivals Mac OS X and Ubuntu in a three-month test of update server uptime, according to Pingdom, a Swedish uptime monitoring company.
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Wow...
by Kwitschibo on Thu 17th Jul 2008 06:29 UTC
Kwitschibo
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2006-01-17

What's the point?

Edited 2008-07-17 06:30 UTC

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RE: Wow...
by Jokel on Thu 17th Jul 2008 07:03 in reply to "Wow..."
Jokel Member since:
2006-06-01

The point is that using Ubuntu you have a 1.4% risk you have to wait longer than 10 full endless minutes to get your updates if you are only using two specific mirrors. That's very, very, very, very, very, very bad!!!! You can't use Linux because it's totally unreliable!!! Use only Windows, because Windows is allway's reliable and up-to-date and..... ehh, wait a moment here...

It sounds a bit strange to me they choose only one populair distro to measure the (implied) reliability of the complete Linux range. Canonical is big, but not that big. How about RedHat? Would they be a bit more reliable, just because they have more physical servers available? What about Linux from Novell (Opensuse, SUSE Linux Enterprise)? They have far more update servers available than Canonical. What about Debian? Etct. etc.

Do they really need something like this to put Windows in a better daylight? If that is the case Linux must be gaining more momentum than I was thinking. On the other hand - Microsoft is a company that wont accept any competition at all. They are willing to throw in billions of dollars amd lots of "payed research", just to stamp out something that is threathning to gain more than 0,000001% of their market share. Linux must be a total nightmare for them by now...

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RE[2]: Wow...
by Stephen! on Thu 17th Jul 2008 11:34 in reply to "RE: Wow..."
Stephen! Member since:
2007-11-24

you have to wait longer than 10 full endless minutes to get your updates


Oh well, patience is a virtue, as they say ....

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RE[2]: Wow...
by TaterSalad on Thu 17th Jul 2008 13:36 in reply to "RE: Wow..."
TaterSalad Member since:
2005-07-06

Yeah because Microsoft COULDN'T POSSIBLY make a good server OS that would stay up 100% of the time for 3 months?

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RE: Wow...
by risbac on Thu 17th Jul 2008 07:29 in reply to "Wow..."
risbac Member since:
2007-03-29

The point? I give you the point: this company is just being clever and getting a very popular promotion campaign for 0€. The recipe is simple:

-find a topic comparing products/systems with big communities easy to upset (in this case, OS, Windows/OSX/Linux)
-publish some data related to your activity and showing an advantage for one of the competitors, it does not matter which one, or if this study is reliable or not.
-wait for the flame war to begin and to spread on the internet in a couple of days.

That's it, Pingdom just used its own service to get a fantastic promotional campaign. They just pinged 3 servers during 3 months, and the result does not even matter, as long as it shows a difference between the competitors. Honestly, we should NOT EVEN talk about this, it's exactly what they are looking for. Pointless. Yet successfull, so congrats to them I guess!

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RE[2]: Wow...
by kaiwai on Thu 17th Jul 2008 07:43 in reply to "RE: Wow..."
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Interesting - its funny that within a few minutes of your post and my post, our posts have been moderated down. Oxygen thieves from the said company moderated down people who think that their company is worthless.

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RE: Wow...
by netpython on Thu 17th Jul 2008 19:58 in reply to "Wow..."
netpython Member since:
2005-07-06

The point is in my opinion that Ubuntu has more update servers worldwide. For me archive.nl.ubuntu.com might be faster and has a higher availabilty then update.microsoft.com .

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