I personally prefer Unix and Linux over Windows for production Oracle databases. But Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 have pretty good uptime records. So you can run a mission-critical Oracle database on the Windows paltforms and have some sense of stability. But if you are looking at moving towards an Intel platform, then you might want to consider Linux instead. Your SysAdmins who are used to managing HP-UX platforms will have an easier time managing Linux over Windows.
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