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i have heard of linux servers running for years - including one that was accidently enclosed in a former closet by construction and discovered much later during a subsequent demolition.
my old server, built in 1994, and deployed in 2000, running Windows 2000 Advanced Server had a record uptime of 505 days as verified by Netcraft. The reason for the restart was a licensed electrican unplugging the wrong cord while moving some other equipment around :(
grandpa finally died in 2006 due to a power supply failure.
total downtime in 6 years has been about 30 minutes including planned upgrades.
I usually have to reboot at least every 3 days. Sometimes a lot more often, if I'm using intensive programs that grab everything - usually mapping programs with very large image files. And the power usually cuts out every few days anyway (very rural here).
Man, I'd change the box over to Linux if it would run my most important programs (the GIS/mapping stuff), but they won't work with it.