Linux vs Windows

@kens425 (436)
Spain
October 29, 2008 9:59pm CST
I manage computer laboratories in a public school that have different OS, one has Linux(Edubuntu) and two others are XP and Vista. It's no big deal using the three because they are user friendly. There are many limitations for the Linux but its free, and it has opposite positions of tools and buttons that seem to ridicule the Windows. I noticed that It is more efficient in some functions than windows and you can run windows applications with it by "Crossover", the best thing i like, it seems immune to computer viruses. On the other hand the Windows have many powerful features, but you have to buy licenses, softwares and so on, and have to renew these licenses often. have you worked with both systems? Which OS do you like better?
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@Beruang (1309)
• Malaysia
30 Oct 08
I am a Windows user and I have looked at Linux before but somehow I feel that Linux and other free OS out there needs to develop more applications for people to be more interested in them. I have used UNIX before but never really get to be an expert on it as I found it to be too complex for a normal user. It may be good for system administrator or something like that and virus was a no issue to it. The only problems that I had with UNIX is the command line instructions that were too technical as compared to Windows where icons and links make life easy for the users. As far as Linux is concerned, the windows like GUI is quite easy to use but my worry is more on the programs that are not compatible with it. For example, the software that I am reselling is not designed to run on Linux and therefore, that is a big limitation for me as the developer of that software is a Microsoft technology partner... Cheers!
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@kens425 (436)
• Spain
31 Oct 08
+thats true, many software and programs that are designed and made for windows do not run in linux, but i think codeweavers are coming up with new versions of crossover that can run many unsupported windows applications. Thats good news to many who supports freeware but bad news to developers, besides software piracy is ramphant nowadays and maybe this could ease up the problem.
• United States
30 Oct 08
i prefer linux not only because it is free but it is also very user friendly and has many "customizable" things then i prefer windows xp because it is nice for work and business and i dont prefer vista at all...i just dont like it
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@kens425 (436)
• Spain
30 Oct 08
Linux is really very easy to use and work with, as compared to vista. old applications dont run on vista, but there are also cool features in vista though, when it comes to surfing the net using linux is safer for me. Dont you think so?
@nimasa (122)
• Canada
30 Oct 08
I worked with 3 of them I had XP and Vista in my computer and I worked with UNIX/Linux systems in our university. Well I did some security systems with this OS and found it interesting. but I love VISTA better. I had some softwares that only worked with XP but when i upgradedd to VISTA they didn't work and someday i wanted to downgrade it and put both OSes but i couldn't do it b4 i did put both Windows ME and XP together once but when VISTA came out and wanted to do it but it was unsuccessfull.
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@kens425 (436)
• Spain
30 Oct 08
I like the cool features of Vista too. The only thing i dont like is its inability to run old applications and programs. Thats why i installed multiple OS on my computer, and I use a LIve CD linux which i requested via internet for free whenever i need it.
@nimasa (122)
• Canada
30 Oct 08
Can you tell me how can I downgrade from VISTA to XP? I put Windows XP and restarted my computer to install my XP but everytime i restart it it doesn't go to where i can install XP. I even pressed Esc or F1, but didn't work.
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@kens425 (436)
• Spain
31 Oct 08
well you have to install the older OS which is the XP first then the Vista, after that everytime you boot up press F8 to manually choose which system you want to use. To be sure you can ask microsoft how to do it, visit their website and register as a member, they will teach you how.
@zhaosonghan (1039)
• China
30 Oct 08
I have had three OS in my computer,WindowsXP,Windows2000,Linux,i often use WindowsXP,Linux is just for working,i don't like it,i use to be windows,and lots of software can't run on Linux,it is bad,but linux is safe,because less of people use it and there are less of virus, most of virus is just for windows,if there are more software engineers to develop software on Linux,maybe i will use it.I also don't like Vista,it is not running in my computer well, it needs a high require, and also it is not good for working,so i think the best OS is WindowsXP for me.
• China
31 Oct 08
Yes,you understand computer well,you are right,windowsxp is the best by far,all software can run well on it,most of people work with windows xp,when the vista just publish,some of my workmates try to use,all of they said ,'it is so bad...'.Linux is safe because of using less,maybe linux have bug,just most of hackers is for windows.
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@yun77op (17)
• China
30 Oct 08
the os of my laptop now i use is shipped vista ,and i havent used a pc of linux . i works ok and i prefer it better to xp but when i comes to my preference between linux and vista ,woah , in fact linux is better ,but i dont what to change the os ,because windows is much commom,and if i choose linux then i have no access to the internet for the software used to connect to the server in my college have no linux version
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@kens425 (436)
• Spain
31 Oct 08
For now, windows is the most common, but the trend today is giving favor to linux. How come you cant access the internet using linux? Try using cross over
• Singapore
30 Oct 08
I like Linux because of the overall robust feel. And, there is some learning curve too, which makes linux fun. However, Linux has software limitations, especially those educational software. Why not you triple boot the three operating systems so that a choice can be made?
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@kens425 (436)
• Spain
31 Oct 08
well having too many OS on one computer is not advisable, it's better to buy another computer for that, however since linux is versatile with regards to file types, double OS using one windows version and linux as the other is just ok. I tried out many educational softwares designed for windows in linux, many function normally, I use a program called "Crossover" for it, try it, its free anyway.
@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
30 Oct 08
I was just wondering this the other day. I saw mini-laptops at Toys R Us. One was Windows based for $299 and the other Linux based for $269. I was wondering why the price difference. I am thinking of buying one for my son for his birthday.
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@kens425 (436)
• Spain
31 Oct 08
my 10 YO son used to beg me for one, last month I bought one for him, It's one of those cheaper mini laptops with wifi and other cool features, but it has Linux OS, at first he didnt like it too much, but since it was very easy to learn using it, he finally had the hang of using linux. The saved money is worth it, i recommend you buying it.