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Anyone please expalin the difference between Linux and Windows

why linux is used as Servers in many companies than windows
why linux is less virus effected
Concept behind opensource
Sep 17 '06
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1 New Member
Anyone please expalin the difference between Linux and Windows

why linux is used as Servers in many companies than windows
why linux is less virus effected
Concept behind opensource
Here's my perspective. I ran the Lorma Linux, a distribution that was intended to be so simple that children could boot up and install it from a CD. That part was true. My whole family had 7 logins plus root. We ran it for over two years until it had a hardware problem. Now I don't know how to recover it. More, I never successfully installed any software on it... everything we used for the two years was there when it was built by the distro. I asked for help frequently, but I speak mainframe IMS, DB2, and PCM/DOS/Windows3.0 to current. I never understood any of the installation instructions I was given and the two books did not help either. The most important thing I ever did was learn to have the machine boot into the KDE desktop without knowing any UNIX console commands.

So yes I ran linux and it was free from viruses and other problems. We shared files and printers with Windows computers. Linux was a true multi-user system and allowed switching users without closing apps. Try that in the latest windows and you'll have problems even with MS Office and other MS code, much more if you run Open Office like I do.

On Open Source... I run Open Office on Windows everywhere and have since Star Office 5.0 was given away for free by Sun. OO 2.0 is so good that I hate working in Word or Excel 2003 on my office PC. But OO 2.0 Presentation is not ready for prime time... as a replacement for PowerPoint. I create presentations with it but always check them with the free Powerpoint Viewer 2003 from MS. The OO 2.0 playback has no option to see speaker notes and neither does the free MSPPV 2003. So if you need speaker notes you still have to pay to see them... OO can only create notes.

That said, I am always shocked how many people tell me that they "HAVE TO BUY OFFICE" for their computer. So open source is free, but no one knows about it. And there's no advertising budget for it. If every user had to pay $5 and the fund went to advertizing and putting CDs into the 7-11 stores like AOL then MS would be out of business in a month.

BTW my latest Open Source acquisition is GIMP 2.2 which is a free alternative to Photo Shop at about $700 if you download it directly from Adobe. I have used it a little and it appears very solid. If I had more art or photo shop background I might be handy with it. So far a simple red eye redo took about one hour and covering a booboo on the bride's ring finger also took that long, but now I understand how to use the airbrush, color picker, and smudge tools. So I'll be faster next time.
Nov 30 '06 #11
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Anyone please expalin the difference between Linux and Windows

why linux is used as Servers in many companies than windows
why linux is less virus effected
Concept behind opensource
linux and windows started of aimed at different end users. Linux was designed from the start to be networked, so anti-virus features are built in, and being used as a server was an early use. Windows was designed with the home user in mind and to work out of the box.

With time what you see has become more similar -- now many Linux systems work out of the box, and windows XP imitates some of the features linux, eg forking etc.

Though commericial Linux systems exists, apple now uses darwin linux, for many people the big difference is cost -- I have linux running on six machines at the moment, if I was to buy windows software then for the same amount of money I could only run two machines.

When I first change from windows to linux 5 years ago I missed some windows programs, but now when I have to use windows, I miss the things that I can do on Linux but not on windows.

For those who like to "tinker" with software, then the opensource nature of Linux is a definite plus. In such an enviroment a "hacker" can become a developer -- and if one wants to even have ones on Linux OS.

The most objective answer is that it depends what you want to do as to which OS is best.


The most objective
Dec 1 '06 #12

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