Microsoft, it seems, is reaping the benefits of years spent patching Windows online, beating online update services from newer - and sexier - rivals. Windows Update enjoyed 100 per cent uptime during the second-quarter of this year, according to a survey by Pingdom. Windows Update piped Apple, which came second and trounced …
That's a bit of a silly metric. What use is it?
Wouldn't the amount of patches required for an OS and how long it took to publish them be more useful?
I use my computer to get windows updates
Since my main use of my computer is to keep it up to date with Windows Updates that's good to hear.
I am concidering getting a dual core CPU so that one core can be getting updates and the other one can be doing a virus scan.
By the way, I have a car so I can drive to the filling station.
Do you allege that a computer with MS OS is 99.999% + ,reliable / accessible ?
Bugger me rigid, I never got that using MS.
I no longer have to worry about MS, I got Ubuntu working for me now.
what's the story here?
sure, but what's the story here?
i don't see any info being written that's why paris since she either has no valid info to publish.
Update 951748 - titles are stupid
Update 951748 wasn't flawed people... it worked perfectly. ZONEALARM was flawed, and ZONELABS have released firstly work-arounds for it and now a patch. Microsoft were (for once) not involved AT ALL in that particular fuck-up.
Ahhh El Reg
I see my replies are now being dismissed / censored / whatever. Very well El reg, I'm off, you're site and obviously now your moderators seem be a bunch of elitists passing judgments that sway to the minority rather than reporting to the majority, and of which the majority of who rarely know what the hell they are on about or what foundations today’s business is built on.
Just to clarify I enjoy reading and arguing the comments from other OS users and in some cases they raise valid points but I'm not staying around a place that censors my replies to validate my side of an argument,
Re: Ahhh El Reg
Quite right. We're scum.
Love, Chief Censor
100% of the cluster
So the MS update site had 100% availability of the cluster, doesn't mean each host wasn't going up and down more than an essex girls underwear, just that not all where down at once :)
Nope, one machine can never live up to that level of service :)
But, say you have a farm of 10 machines behind a load balancer (in fault tolerant mode), with the correct type of probing configured on the load balancers (so that machines which still ping, but say, dont serve out HTTP, are not used for a load balancing decision), 99.999% should be an attainable goal.
You hardly think that MS or Apple use just one machine for these types of services?
Oh here they come
As soon as some company releases some testing on how Windows beats Linux [again and again], the Linux zealots find any bit of negative issue in the article saying that the author of the article, the company that did it or even the computer that the article was typed on was biased towards Windows. Maybe Microsoft paid the researchers!
You don't like the results, create your own fabrication.
Face the facts. To be down for anything more than an hour is definitely unacceptable.
Not that big a deal...
Even if the stats are true, any organization that is using Ubuntu to a significant extent ought to be maintaining their own mirror anyhow. Why clog up your external Internet connection with multiple systems all trying to download the same updates direct from Ubuntu's servers? Set up a cron job to download them once daily (in the middle of the night when usage of the external network connection is lower), then redistribute them on demand to any systems that need them, over your internal network.
We're not even a particularly big user of Ubuntu where I work, and we do things this way.
update release cycles
has anyone considered the release cycles, ubuntu updates occur more frequently than microsoft updates, $MS releases updates on the first tuesday of the month and ubuntu ,like my desktop (suse) updates as needed, meaning that update servers are under more stress per month than the windows update servers would be on any given month
Carefully places a pencil up each nostril and bleets...
Question - these M$ updates... they make my pooter restart. Isn't that "downtime"?
The Vista Effect
Less XP machines (retiring), not too many Vista ones (no bugger wants it)... less load on the servers?
Paris, because she knows the real meaning of uptime.