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Hardware and Operating System Recommendations

We are often asked which is faster, Linux or Windows? It is not an easy question to answer. There are so many other variables, such as the database platform, the amount of memory, the approach to disk storage, and so forth. In a company, the hardware acquisition and personnel costs can be large enough to outweigh the benefit of a slightly faster hardware platform. Because of this, we recommend that each company test with their own hardware, their own database platform and their own client layers.

We have run some limited benchmarks comparing Linux and Windows. In our tests, Linux was about 20% faster. That is consistent with our anecdotal experience, too. That being said, we have not tested a multitude of factors, such as multi-user concurrency, disk fragmentation and multi-processor performance. In addition, performance can vary significantly between versions of operating systems. This reinforces the need for companies to test in their own environment with their own configuration.

Some components of the Omnidex software are only available on a Windows operating system. The Omnidex Administrator, the graphic tool for managing Omnidex installations, is only available on a Windows operating system, though it can be used to manage Omnidex databases on remote servers, including Linux servers. New releases of Omnidex typically arrive on the Windows operating system first, with Linux releases following shortly thereafter and other UNIX versions provided as needed.

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