Comparing Linux and Windows as Server Operating Systems

June, 2006


Both Microsoft Windows and Linux are increasing their market share as server operating systems. But what are their relative advantages? To find out, Computer Economics conducted a survey of system administrators and IT managers that have experience with both operating systems. The results are mixed, with Linux being preferred for its security, reliability, flexibility, scalability, and total cost of ownership and Windows taking the lead for ease of installation/administration and availability of support professionals. (11 pp., 10 figs.)
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