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I tested a network issue and I just started using Linux on my netbook (works great!). It seems that there shouldn't be any difference in sending ICMP packets, but I want to be sure about this.

Is there any significant difference between Linux and Windows ping (except the default packet size)?

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There should be little difference at the network layer. They do behave differently. The Linux ping does not terminate by default. You have to interrupt it (Ctrl-C) to end it and get a summary report.

The Linux ping also has many more diagnostic features.

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At least on Windows XP, the sequence number field was incorrectly written in host byte order rather than in network byte order, so the sequence numbers looked funny when viewed by a program that displayed them in network byte order. –  garyjohn Aug 25 '11 at 6:59
    
@garyjohn: Ah, that must be why Wireshark displays it in both orders at the same time :/ –  grawity Aug 25 '11 at 7:45
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