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Linux vs Windows - summarised key points

By Deadly Ernest ·
OK so you can all shoot me now. I have been around from before the days they called them microcomputers. We can thank Gates for making the industy aware that desktop style computers would end up everywhere and not just research centres as they thought then. This resulted in software prices dropping dramatically. He has predatory business practices that he seems to have learnt from Thomas Edison. He and MS are the best marketing operation in the industry - bar none.

What you percieve as the best Operating System should be decided by what it does for your business operations requirements - sadly it is often decided on what the person is used to.

Most of the OSs in use utilise different paradiems and thus do things differently - this causes people to think that they are bad or hard to use as they are different to what they know.

Kernel size Linux uses a small kernel and puts everything else outside it to provide better security. Windows has a big as they have put most things in at to make access by them easier. Analogy Linux has a safe deposit vault with one entrance and you need to pprove to the security team there that you have a right to enter. All other banking activities are done in rooms outside the vault. The Windows vault is much bigger with several entrances and most of the work is done in the vault - once inside you can wander about to any of the other security boxes and open them.

Patches - all software needs patches to fix and adjust minor problems. Linux do this by fixing the specific problem within the kernel code or where the actual action code is improperly utilised. Windows does this by trying to glue a piece of cardboard over the hole that used to enter, not by fixing the underlying fault - treating the symptom not the disease. Windows has issued fixes for the exact same problem in OS after OS after OS.

Compatibility - new LInux issues are compatible with earlier drivers and hardware. Windows drivers are valid ONLY for that specific OS and much software is not compatible between OSs. This is because Windows wants to enforce system upgrades to get more money while Linux is aimed at longer usable life spans. Differences in approach is all.

Both OSs can, and have, had problems re installation and that will always be the case. I use both at home and work, I have also used Solaris and Unix. I have never used a Mac but have recommend to some clients to buy Macs for specific application use as the Mac was the better choice for that task. Want a cheap run about buy one, want a good car buy one. Want a runabout OS buy Windows, want a good OS use Linux/Unix etc. But please make sure it will fulfil your needs first.
Dont but a Cadillac when you really needed a Range Rover.

When you analyse everything that has been said these are the core issues of the differences. Much arguement on side issues (about 80% of the threads).

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OK I just booted to FC5 and checked a few things

by Deadly Ernest In reply to I will have to get back t ...

My current installation includes a few apps and takes up 6.8 GB of space. Looking at the install options etc I would recommend 10 to 15 GBs as the minimum you would probably want to have for it. I would suggest that you go a lot larger or have another space to set aside as the /user area and I always recommend a seperate important data store partition.

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by OnTheRopes In reply to Yes I have an Intel 64 bi ...

I just installed Azureus BitTorrent client and am getting Suse 64Bit from the link below.

I'm new to the whole BitTorrent thing but so far it seems to be working okay. I have Satellite Pro here so I can't really just get the CD/DVD .iso files because I can only download 350MB/Hr before I hit Hughes Fair Access Policy and slow my connection down.
The 2-way Hughes Pro is much better than the Home as that only allows 150/MB hour.

If this Suse downloads and burns to CD ok I'm going after Fedora Core 5 and Mandriva next.

I decided to dedicate a 100GB SATA drive that's already installed to Linux. I just made a Ghost backup of all of the partitions. After I get the distro's burnt to CD/DVD I'll just delete all partitions.

I have another 300GB drive on this PC partitioned and loaded with XP Pro that I can boot from, until I find the right Linux distro for me.

I've got a steep learning curve ahead of me but I'm looking forward to it. I'm looking forward to getting away from Windoze problems even more.

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Glad to see you are trying them out -

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Suse

it is the only way to tell for sure what you like. However, the typical Linux installation is under 10 GB so why not set up partitions of say 20 GB and load them all on, then you can keep them there for a while and just boot to the different ones to try them. All the current versions of Linux allow multi-boot of OSs and will find and recognise the already loaded ones without any trouble.

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no worries

by NZ_Justice In reply to I sorry I took so long to ...

I have become desensitised to the whole OS wars thing. Lost my passion for promoting windows above Linux and I have never disliked Linux.

At this point in time I can not tell of any differences between the two OS?s. One is free (sort of) the other is not free (sort of).

M$ Windows is the reason I have a PC. They made it easy first. Now that I am looking at getting more control and low OS costs, I am looking at Linux Distro?s but none really appeal and I am too lazy to do Linux from scratch.

Although, apotheon seems to have created a good distoro, I wish he would provide a link to it.

I can provide you with some examples if you really want them but they would be just what I think is good about alt OS's. And some smart *** will point out that Linux can do that, but that would not of been the point of the example. The point would of been, that despite all the failings of all the other OS's it doesn't make Linux better just different.

Just Like there is stuff to hate about windows, there is stuff to hate about Linux, MAC etc..

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Pardon me, Ernest, but ....

by amasa In reply to Linux vs Windows - summar ...

Don't know if this will post or not, or if I can find my way back to read any replies.

I just went through the registration process and thus far haven't yet received my activation EMail.

I know nothing of Linnux (or "Linux" - which is it?) but have had Microsoft up to my chin. Are there off-the-shelf word processors, spreadsheets, etc., available?

BTW - I live in Texas but have had a yen for NSW since I first saw "Return of the Boomerang".

MY Email address is "".


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The easy way to experience Linux

by TechExec2 In reply to Pardon me, Ernest, but .. ...

I am a long-time Windows user who is now switching to Linux as my primary OS (1). Here is some info that may help you:

"...Are there off-the-shelf word processors, spreadsheets, etc., available?..."

Yes! There is a large amount of free open source software available for Linux. In particular, there is an office suite called OpenOffice that works very well with MS Office documents. I switched to it full-time two weeks ago and have not found any significant problems between it and my MS Office Word and Excel documents.

Try PCLinuxOS

I suggest you download and burn the PCLinuxOS Live/Install CD (2). PCLinuxOS is the easiest way I have found to experience Linux, especially if you are new to Linux, and currently use Windows. You can boot directly from the CD ("live") without installing on your hard drive (if your PC can boot from a CD; most modern PCs can). You can also install from the same CD.

The PCLinuxOS CD contains a lot of excellent applications, including OpenOffice. It boots quickly and automatically detects your hardware. It's really impressive to watch. Also, by design, this Linux distribution is looks and operates a lot like Windows XP.

Good luck!



(2) PCLinuxOS

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