Thursday, November 18, 2004

Operating system Comparison

While all operating systems are essential pieces of software, there are often times when where specific operating systems are better than others. Linux for example, is not widely used among homes, but holds the majority in server environments for its ease of use and reliability. Being freeware, Linux also offers a cheaper alternative to windows and is believed by many to be more stable and secure. The benefits of windows are that it is the most widely used operating system, and thus is very compatible among computers of friends, family, school, and work. People are generally more familiar with the windows operating system, which despite being priced around $100-$200, still has more exposure to the public than Linux, or any other operating system.

Both operating systems offer a graphical user interface, as well as command line prompts if the user chooses so. The linux X-windows is the most popular GUI among Linux users, and it has a lot of similarities to the windows xp interface. Some benefits of Linux are that it is completely open source and there are no secrets about how the program works, whereas the windows installation process is stealthy, and there are always programs running in the background, typically using more memory than is necessary. Over the years the popularity of Linux has grown tremendously and as it continues to gain widespread approval, more users will continue to switch as more software becomes available and publicity increases.

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