How different OSs are compared?

Posted on 2003-03-13
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Could anyone tell me how different OS are compared?
I am now consider to setup a system for data retrival using Web services.

Here is a list for my consideration:
Windows 2000 advanced server
RedHat Linux 8.0 professional Edition
Free BSD
Red Flag Linux
Turbo Linux
IBM AIX 4.3.3
Sun Solaris 9 Sparc edition

Could anyone tell me the advanges and disadvanges of these OSs?

Thanks a lot.
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Window 2000 advance server produced by Microsoft
(Bundle IIS service to setup Web services), They will provide user friendly GUI for setup. Microsoft's server or workstation will be easily installed & handle through the wizard.

Others are Linux/UNIX OS, they also bundle "Apache" service for Web services. But you must have the basic Linux/Unix knowledge at before such as installation, service startup & folder defination etc. For new hand, it is not a easy job.

I hope it can help.


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well... if I didn't misunderstand the word "web services", you are talking about the hot topics ".net", "J2EE", etc.

Seriously... it really depends which OS/web services solution to use... .net is real hot, like J2EE

you will get more info on this site:


about OS....

Linux/Unix has a very good history on reliablity. But require lots of hard coded command... not so user-friendly(but it is getting better and better), it still has some issues on hardware compatiablity but it is getting better and better. As rhinoceros said u do need to have certain amount of knowledge to manage or administer those OSs... Linux might still have lots of bugs we never exposed since it has been written/coded/modified by lots of ppl, but in terms of web services... J2EE will be a good choice [for ANY OS] (or no other choice, since I don't think Mr. Gates will let .net on those OSs). ONE BIG thing about linux... IT IS FREE!

MS OS... user-friendly, easy to implement, works with .NET and J2EE. but not as reliable as UNIX or Linux... lots of security problems, easy to crash, etc... no need to have lots os knowledge... just grap a book, u can probably be set it up and running... it's not FREE

there are many many many differences but can't say it all in here


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Lemme put it this way...

If you have to ask, go with Microsoft Windows.

Not trying to be insulting.
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anything to support what you said?

I m not against you or any OS though

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Windows is alot easyer to use, but its also a bit less stable... although it is stable enough to run for about a week between reboots (maybee more, maybee less) whereas linux/unix can run for years if you wanted them to... if the coputer is in your house and is only doing stuff for you so its not too important that its on 24/7 then windows is fine as you can reboot it if it crashes, but if its unattanded or its vital that its on 24/7 then go for linux/unix, as for each distro of linux/unix, it really depends on your hardware, different people find different ones run the best

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Smallbee: certainly. Sun, AIX and *nix require a pretty good knowledge of operating systems in general to run them. Someone qualified to administer those systems is not going to be asking such questions.

Therefore, if ya gotta ask, the answer is Windows for ease of use.

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Could anyone give me what are the advantages and disadvantages between different unix-based OS?

As I am now in the situation that I had studies several unix-based OS, but in fact, it seems to me that they are quite similar. Thus, it is difficult for me to choose an OS that I should propose.

i.e. Say, if I want to use RedHat rather than others, why I should use it, but not debian/solaris/etc...

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