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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) 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.. ¤%¤%.