A testing battle leaving Windows NT victorious against Linux has been slammed by the Linux community, which believes the Microsoft commissioned research gave NT an unfair advantage.
The test, carried out by independent test lab Mindcraft, pitted Windows NT Server 4.0 SP4 against Red Hat Linux 5.2, upgraded to the Linux 2.2.2 kernel. The results showed that NT is 2.5 times faster than Linux as a file server and 3.7 times faster as a Web server.
But while Mindcraft tested NT with tuning, benchmarking and technical support from Microsoft, little or no tuning was carried out on the Linux software.
Mindcraft alleged that this was down to Red Hat not helping in the tune up process. However, a spokesperson for Red Hat said: "Had the request come through the right channels we're sure Linux would have had a better representation."
Mindcraft also said that there was little information on the Web, or "in the Linux knowledge bases", to find out about tuning Linux.
But Anthony Cotton, network supervisor at the University of Derby, disagreed with this: "If you look on the online book stores there are tons of books about Linux."
Cotton claimed that it is not the first time a playing field has been used that was not level, as in previous tests between NT and NetWare, Novell's OS was not tuned properly.
Simon Moores, chairman of the Windows NT Forum, said: "There are fears that Intel is going to start rolling out products to support Linux so Microsoft is getting its retaliation in early."
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