<font size="3">Microsoft benchmarks step up Linux assault </font>
Company claims Linux on the mainframe lags behind Windows 2003 on Intel systems
Stepping up its campaign against the Linux operating system, Microsoft Corp. on Thursday released file and Web serving benchmark results that, it claims, show that Linux on the mainframe lags behind Windows 2003 on Intel Corp. systems in terms of performance for the money. Microsoft ran the benchmark tests in response to what it believes were IBM's unsubstantiated claims about the benefits of running Linux on its mainframe hardware, according to Microsoft General Manager of Platform Strategy Martin Taylor. "IBM was making some claims and customers were trying to figure some things out and didn't have the facts in front of them," he said.
Taylor, who recently became Microsoft's Linux point man, has promised to focus on facts instead of emotional arguments when criticizing Linux and open source. Thursday's benchmark results appear to be a first effort in that direction. It will not be the last. The company has also commissioned Forrester Research Inc. to prepare a study comparing Windows to Linux, according to a Microsoft spokeswoman who declined to comment on the specifics of the report. The benchmark results discredit IBM's contention that a z900 mainframe processor running Linux could perform as well as three or four Intel processors running Windows at the same clock speed, Taylor said.