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How does the features of linux compares to windows NT 4.0

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by Stillatit In reply to OPERATING SYSTEM

In general, almost anything you can do on one you can do on the other.

Linux is a variant of unix - it was rewritten from scratch to have all of the functions of unix, but not be subject to the copyrights on unix. It is a multi-user system, meaning that many people can be doing work on the system at the same time (using terminals attached to serial ports, using telnet or xterm to log in over the network, etc.).

NT, by contrast, is a Microsoft product. With the exception of the Terminal Server version, typically one user is actually doing work on an NT computer at one time, although many may be sharing its files or talking to its applications over a network. NT server versus NT workstation have different capabilities, for example most of the server capabilities (DHCP, DNS, and so on), run only on the server version.

If you are really comparing features, you need to be specific about what you need. For any given thing you might want to do, there is either a way to do it in the software as supplied, or there is software somewhere on the net, possibly shareware, that will allow you do do it. This applies to both platforms. Linux includes most server functions (mail server, DNS server, DHCP server, FTP server, and so on) inthe basic package, where NT only includes them in the server version.

Office software is generally prettier on NT, but is much more expensive.

Good luck.

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by A.C In reply to OPERATING SYSTEM

Bottom line, better (in most ways).

But it depends on what you want and what you need. At the end of the day, you can do (nearly) everything with a linux system that you can with an NT4 system, what you get will depend on which distribution you go for and what base installation you put on (Red hat gives a simple installation option of workstation, portable or server, with two different front ends for the workstation, KDE and Gnome).

There are one or two oddities with linux systems if (andthats another question, are we talking only Linux or in a mixed env) you want to do certain things. For example Samba (an smb/nmb package that allows you to share windows shares) allows sharing (serving)of directories in exactly the same way as windows, but if you want to import files from a share, you end up with a front end that looks like ftp!
On the other hand, the standard NFS system allows mounting and exporting (and even re-exporting of a mounted volume) in a completely seamless way andis a standard used by all unix system (and probably Mac OS X, which is based on BSD unix).

As far as office type apps are concerned there are plenty of choices (Star office and Koffice spring straight to the front of the queue, star office also being available for windows) but they may take a little bit if getting to grips with as they don't look like an average MS product.

For server systems, you get everything (thats a issue in itself, you usually end up with several different products available to do the same thing, which some would find confusing) ftp, http, smtp, pop3, nfs, smb, X (thats the windowing system, which is client/server based, so you can have a front end remote from the host CPU), etc. There are even plenty of multiplayer games servers out there (www.lokigames.com for a few clues).

The list is basically, anything you want to do with a computer, there should be something out on the net
A.C

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