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Re: Look for help on windows server platform

From: Nico Kadel-Garcia <nkadel_at_comcast.net>
Date: 2006-06-07 21:29:07 CEST

----- Original Message -----
From: <Steve.Craft@sungard.com>
To: <users@subversion.tigris.org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 07, 2006 2:44 PM
Subject: RE: Look for help on windows server platform

> I'm not 100% sure why "linux as a subversion server is better".
> As far as I know, Apache==Apache, Subversion==Subversion, etc.
> Can someone elaborate on that?

Security, since Linux has much b etter ability to turn unnecessary or
undesired services by simply never installing them.

Security, since Linux almost never requires rebooting to implement the
latest software or security patches.

Security, since tools like SSH and sudo allow much safer and easier
management of user accounts and administrative privileges.

Security, since the web and office suites tools on Linux are historically
far more secure than those for Microsoft.

Security, since the update time of a particular discovered software
vulnerability in Linux is usually measured in days if not hours and
announced publicly rather than kept concealed and revealed only after
Microsoft has gotten around to fixing it in a public patch, which in some
cases has been more than a year and the flaws thus never publicly
acknowledged by Microsoft or announced by CERT.

Direct expense, since even a commercial Linux license is usually much less
than the price of a Windows Server license and permits multiple clients
easily for whatever services are running on it.

Better management of swap space, in my experience since the 2.6 kernel came

Vastly easier duplication of a server setup to new or replacement hardware.

Less expensive hardware to run the server, allowing easy availability of a
hot failover setup when coupled with the ease of mirroring a repository
under Linux.

Easier recovery from failed hardware, since it's trivial to boot a Linux
system with a live CD and image the disk elsewhere in cases where Windows
has been hopelessly thrashed or the NTFS file system is hopelessly garbeled.

Considerably better support for 64-bit hardware.

The list goes on.

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