Today, my choice of the OS comes down to answering one of two questions. One, is there some other software that needs to run on this server which is platform-specific? Two, what kind of expertise do I have in house to administer this server? I let those questions be my guide. If your shop is a Unix shop, then why bring in one Windows box just to run the database? If all of my SysAdmins are trained in one OS, then I'd try to run Oracle on that OS so that the admins do not have to learn something new just to support this. Sometimes, certain vendors will only certify their product on Windows. And if you want to run this product on the same hardware that is your database server, you will need to run Oracle on Windows. Do either of those questions apply to you?
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