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i'm not a big redhat fan myself, it's too much GUI for me. But I think it's still a good distro of linux, they just overload you with software I don't want or need, even if I customize my installation.
I saw a guy on the Screen Savers that claimed he had a Linux mailserver that had been up for years with no reboot. They had even installed/upgraded new software. If nothing else the installation of software will get you with windoze.
I have on a old AMD 400MHz machine went 2 weeks without a shutdown, no UPS. I have had this rig go for about a month or so. I usually reboot to use the other distro. Gentoo, after I fixed my screw up in the kernel, has been extremely stable. It helps if you use the right IDE controller chipset. Makes the hard drive work better for some reason.
I guess if you have a stable setup with a solid kernel you can go till it breaks a drive or something.
Oh, the last time I used windoze, it lasted about 3 or 4 days before giving me a corrupt command.com error. Stupid windoze.
i had 114 days before that big power outage this summer. ups doesnt cover 8 hours of no power... One of my boxes is at 72 days now. the rest are for dual boot and fun, so they see some regular rebooting .
Personal best was about 215 days til there was a small power outage that lasted 5 seconds. Other than that, haven't been able to keep good uptimes due to moving, new carpet just this past week, etc. Right now my two servers and my secondary desktop are at 4 days now. My main desktop I actually don't use as often, only when I'm working on web design and such.
my desktop that I use every day for email, surfing the web, graphics editing, IM, ut2003, web page design, and everything else i want to put the poor thing through, has been up 30 days...my other box that serves as my ftp server, NAT router, and firewall....it's been up for a little over 3 months.