Originally Posted by drspliff
All the ones you mentioned have native Linux servers available - there's no point in buying a Windows license (or bothering with pirating/activation crap) when CentOS/Debian et al. are free and widely installed as standard.
I wouldn't worry about hyperthreading unless you're looking at running a heavily used 20+ slot server per core...
I will be using Windows, because I have no experience of using Linux. I wouldn't know where to start. I know people say it's easy enough to learn due to the vast information, but I'd prefer sticking with an O/S I'm familar with.
I'll be buying a Windows Legit copy, my query is if I would need an SPLA license, or if I could buy a retail version of Standard etc.
Re: Hyperthreading - I know it's only used when the server is heavily utilised or when only 1 cpu core is needed, however is it known for causing problems for games if a CPU has HT enabled?