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RE: *nix vs MS

From: Goulet, Dick <>
Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2005 09:23:44 -0400
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Why nix vs. MS. Well for first point nix has been in development and use long before MS got off of the single user/single process DOS ideas. Secondly MS still can't show you what's going on on the machine as well as nix. Their still stuck in the desktop type of mode. Now I've not been too much into how MS 2003 handles multiple CPU's but we recently switched a 3 processor MS box to Red Hat only to find that our processing capacity doubled. Seems in the nix would those hyper threaded processors are actually 2 processors. And on top of that by moving from MS to nix you knock out 99% of the OS attacks that are going on to day. I just love it when my wife's Lindows system bumps into a virus. Instant immunity to the attack. Course that's because MS is the biggest fish out there which equates to being the biggest target. And as someone else mentioned, you can't just telnet into a MS box. You need something else like PCAnywhere or VNC.

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[] On Behalf Of Robyn Sent: Thursday, October 06, 2005 5:58 PM To: Oracle-L_at_Freelists. Org (E-mail)
Subject: *nix vs MS


We have a fairly large, truly mission critical database (Oracle at a remote site that is currently running on Microsoft. In the past, others have tried to convince mgmt that the system would be more reliable on a unix os, but no one has ever been successful in obtaining a project to make the change.

To my way of thinking, the strongest case for moving this database to unix is the track record of this application; it has had far more than it's share of issues (bad backups, system crashes, corrupt blocks, hung processes, cpu spikes and so on) even though it already gets more care and feeding than other databases. (majority of our databases are *nix) This is one aspect of what will be presented.

That being said, for those of you who prefer unix, what are your best arguments for choosing unix for an Oracle database? What are the drawbacks? We'd like to make sure we uncover all the pros and cons.

Any input is appreciated,



Robyn Anderson Sands
-- Received on Fri Oct 07 2005 - 08:27:53 CDT

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