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posted by martyb on Sunday March 27 2016, @12:27PM   Printer-friendly
from the could-this-site-run-without-both-of-them? dept.

Discussion on the advantages of TCP vs UDP (and vice versa) has a history which is almost as long as the eternal Linux-vs-Windows debate. As I have long been a supporter of the point of view that both UDP and TCP have their own niches (see, for example, [NoBugs15]), here are my two cents on this subject.

Note for those who already know the basics of IP and TCP: please skip to the 'Closing the Gap: Improving TCP Interactivity' section, as you still may be able to find a thing or two of interest.

It's a primer, or a refresher, or a skip. We have all kinds here. Enjoy, or don't.


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  • (Score: 0, Flamebait) by patrick on Sunday March 27 2016, @02:17PM

    by patrick (3990) on Sunday March 27 2016, @02:17PM (#323538)

    And that's another similarity to the Linux-vs-Windows debate.

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  • (Score: 2, Touché) by Francis on Sunday March 27 2016, @02:45PM

    by Francis (5544) on Sunday March 27 2016, @02:45PM (#323546)

    Not really, the only thing that Windows does better than Linux with any consistency is attract developer support.

    But, whether that's worth being spied on and the generally crappy experience that's come to characterize Windows, I don't really know. That's up to the individual to decide.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 28 2016, @10:43AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 28 2016, @10:43AM (#323809)

      Windows also does a better job of trampling on the user's freedoms.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 27 2016, @08:29PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 27 2016, @08:29PM (#323627)

    Less so these days, but back in the 90s a lot of the Windows vs. Linux debate centered around up-time.
    Linux people were server oriented. If you were on "that other site", and you defended Windows in any way,
    they automatically assumed you were defending NT Servers. Nope. I was defending the *desktop* where
    4 hour up-time was "good enough" because you were probably going to go to lunch anyway. Networking and
    security was an afterthought on Windows just as a responsive user-friendly GUI was an afterthought on Linux.
    People just couldn't get it. It's become better over the years; but I'm sure those people are still around.

    Of course these days, the debate is now totally different, with Windows now having more up-time than
    I can use; but becoming a surveillance/ad platform...

    • (Score: 2) by bitstream on Monday March 28 2016, @08:25AM

      by bitstream (6144) on Monday March 28 2016, @08:25AM (#323774) Journal

      Having a reboot etc when you have 10s of terminals and stuff up right in debugging is royal pain. So operating systems that can't stay stable will not be acceptable. It's also a stress to keep saving all the time because.. maybe.. ¤%¤%.