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Linux Is The Web Server's Choice

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols & Eric Carr, Sm@rt Reseller

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WebBench measures the performance of Web servers in responses per second. Since any server worth its salt serves the Web as well as local clients these days, we looked at how the Linux platforms, armed with slightly different versions of Apache, would do against NT with Microsoft's Internet Information Server (IIS) 4.0.

The answer: Linux with Apache beats NT 4.0 with IIS, hands down. SuSE, the least effective Linux, is 16 percent faster than IIS, and Caldera, the leader, is 50 percent faster.

Those results also point out the vast differences that compilation can have in performance. The source code may be the same, but the quality of the binary code, the executable, varies significantly, depending on how well the source code was compiled.

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 Comment on lack of docum... - Jeremy Miller
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 I would like to see a co... - Matt Linn
 The real winner, Netware... - Marv Falk
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