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A Comparison Of Win2 K And Linux As Service Provider Platforms

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Curriculum Development in Information Technology

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8.28.1 - 8.28.7



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Russell Olsen

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Jeffrey Peterson

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Joseph Ekstrom

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Session 1449

A Comparison of Win2K and Linux as Internet Service Provider Platforms

Russell Olsen, Jeffrey Peterson, Joseph J. Ekstrom, and Steven Renshaw

Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah


This paper presents an objective analysis of Windows 2000 Advanced Server and Red Hat Linux 7.3 as platforms for providing services to the Internet. First the criteria used for analysis will be presented. Next the methodology used to gather the data will be described. Then the results of performed experiments will be analyzed. Finally results will be summarized and implications of the research will be discussed.

Several different aspects of service management were analyzed: installation, configuration, administration, and overall deployment of network services. The services studied include DNS, DHCP, web services (WWW, FTP, and SMTP), and email services. In addition, preliminary results of load testing will be presented. This paper does not argue why one platform is better than the other; on the contrary, the facts are presented so that the reader can determine which technology best fits his/her needs.


We chose to use two of the most current and stable network operating systems available. In the Linux domain, RedHat 7.3 was used. From Windows, Windows 2000 Advance Server was deployed. Each OS was installed on a Dell OptiPlex GXa workstation. Each had a Pentium II Intel processor with 256Mb of RAM.

From the installation and configuration of each of these systems qualitative data was derived – a side-by-side comparison of how easily the services were to install and configure. Also, statistics were collected to represent overall time and load testing of the two systems.

The objective comparison of these two processes was accomplished by having one individual who was familiar with each operating system do the first installation and configuration. These individuals then traded places and reproduced the same installation on the operating system that they were unfamiliar with. These times were recorded and provided in this paper as appendix A.

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Olsen, R., & Peterson, J., & Renshaw, S., & Ekstrom, J. (2003, June), A Comparison Of Win2 K And Linux As Service Provider Platforms Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11961

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