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17. Server Operating System > The Windowing System

The Windowing System

There is no need for a windowing system on a web server, middleware server, or database. Users will not benefit from it, because they can’t see the server’s screen. Far from benefitting, users will suffer from a windowing system because it uses CPU and a great deal of RAM. Eliminating use of the windowing system also avoids problems caused by process priority shifting depending on where the mouse is at any given time. On most windowing systems, it is standard practice to automatically increase the priority of processes running in or started from the currently selected window. A web server is likely to suffer when an interactive user is sitting at the keyboard, running jobs with higher priority.


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