Windows NT Still Faster than Linux

Tests using the same equipment were done under proper supervision from the Linux community. Why are these results so different from other recent tests?

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The controversial Mindcraft Linux vs. Windows NT tests have been redone under proper supervision by Linux experts. The performance gap closed significantly, but NT was still faster. How can this be when all other recent tests have shown Linux to be faster, including one in Germany done after the Mindcraft tests?

There are two major factors.

  • Most Linux vs. NT tests are done on low-end equipment where Linux has a very great advantage. The Mindcraft tests were done on extreme high end multiple CPU equipment which Windows NT has been developed to use effectively. Linux versions that can really take advantage of multiple CPUs are still in development.

  • Test conditions were not "real world" by any means. Microsoft had just developed a multi threaded TCP/IP stack, and tests were run on a machine fitted with 4 high speed Ethernet cards so it could take advantage of that development. It is highly unlikely any production machine would use 4 Ethernet cards in parallel, especially to serve Web pages. You can bet, though, that the Linux community will now develop a multi threaded TCP/IP stack.

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