Microsoft PR threw down the gauntlet; “see how Windows Server 2008 stacks up versus Linux,” they say. There’s a “Get the Facts” URL being promoted with claims of direct comparisons between the two operating systems. Anyone reading the headlines alone could be fooled into thinking there’s substance to be found.

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Created by chimera 7 years 38 weeks ago – Made popular 7 years 37 weeks ago
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7 years 37 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago


All of the M$ case study is a huge lie!

Here is contact page of the company "HiChina", the company mentioned in the study: http://www.net.cn/static/english/contact.asp .
I took the URL of their sites as they are listed on the contact page
* http://www.net.cn,
* http://www.com.cn,
* http://www.domain.cn
and ran them through curl -I (see http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/find-out-remote-webserver-name/ for a short explanation on curl).

Here's what I've got:
zbog@host:~/Videos$ curl -I http://www.net.cn/
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2008 12:58:11 GMT
Server: Microsoft-IIS/6.0
X-Powered-By: ASP.NET
Content-Length: 58249
Content-Type: text/html
Expires: Mon, 28 Apr 2008 12:58:10 GMT
Cache-control: private

zbog@host:~/Videos$ curl -I http://www.com.cn
curl: (6) Couldn't resolve host 'www.com.cn'
zbog@host:~/Videos$ curl -I http://www.domain.cn
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2008 12:58:38 GMT
Server: Apache/1.3.37 (Unix) PHP/4.4.4
X-Powered-By: PHP/4.4.4
Set-Cookie: PHPSESSID=fb473d0de93bcfd03f90df3fd19f5784; path=/
Expires: Thu, 19 Nov 1981 08:52:00 GMT
Cache-Control: no-store, no-cache, must-revalidate, post-check=0, pre-check=0
Pragma: no-cache
Content-Type: text/html;charset=gb2312

So... out of three domains they have:
1 runs some Windows + IIS 6.0;
1 is dead;
1 runs Apache PHP (Unix).

Am I brain-dead or what? Where is IIS 7.0? In the case study I read that they completely replaced Windows 2003 + IIS 6.0 and some Unix with Windows 2008 + IIS 7. So where's it? Success story eh? What are we, fools?

There is no in field testing of the solution presented in the case study.

motters's picture


7 years 37 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago



Nice investigative work bogdanbiv.

This kind of marketing surely isn't aimed at sysadmins with GNU/Linux experience, or really anyone who thinks critically about technical issues. Rather it's aimed at not very knowledgeable managers who follow a simple heuristic such as "company X is the market leader, therefore any tech advice/info put out by company X must be good". The idea that a Linux server is somehow 20% less reliable than one running Windows is also easy to promote amongst those who have never used anything other than Microsoft products, despite being false.