Linux vs Windows !

India
May 3, 2011 6:20am CST
I guess 90% of you (readers) maybe using Windows. If true, then switch to Linux as soon as possible if you really want to know what real computing is. Everybody know Windows, let me tell you what Linux is – Linux is a well-known open source operating system based on UNIX, which is written in C. Okay, first of all let’s discuss about some pros of Windows: Has variety of great GUI softwares/programs. All great high tech 3d games are for Windows only. Very easy to operate. Has good display interface. Support almost every system. Cons of Windows: Windows is heaven for viruses, spyware, malware and trojans. Windows crashes more than the time it starts. You can’t make much changes in Windows, or I can say, you can’t modify it much. Everything can be done in 1-2 clicks, so you don’t bother to use commands and all, so ultimately, you don’t learn much. To use it, it needs to be installed properly. These are some main and major pros and cons of Windows. Now let’s think about Linux. First, pros: Linux doesn’t support viruses, malware, spyware and trojans at 90%. 10% because, Linux also have some viruses that’s why there are some anti-viruses available for Linux. Linux is open source so you can add, edit, delete, modify and customize according to your needs. You can use some Linux distributions even without installing them. They can start with live cd, such as Ubuntu. It never lags. It’ll work same in a 64MB RAM machine and in a 2GB RAM machine. Since its open source, its the best choice to learn inner things of computer like how everything works and all. It is very secure. It needs root user permissions to perform any big task. And root permissions can only be given if you know the root password. Linux distributions are very small in size. They can even be of 4 MB. Linux never crash Cons: Linux doesn’t have hi-tech games. Linux doesn’t have much programs/softwares, as its not very common. Doesn’t have very cool looks that Windows and Mac have. These are the only cons of Linux I see. So all in all Linux won. If you already don’t use Linux, you should start using it right away! What Do you Think about it ?
9 responses
@petersum (4526)
• United States
3 May 11
Have you ever used Linux? I think not! Much of what you have written simply isn't true! Linux has many thousands of applications available and it is VERY common. It can have many different "looks", even looking like Windows itself if that's what you think is cool. It has games too that might be called hi-tech, but that I would call bloated.
• India
3 May 11
Well in matter of Looks, Linux in nothing in front of Windows 7.90% System across the world use windows , and it's confirmed by survey report.Can you Play New Modern games like Call of Duty ? Need for Speed on Linux ? that's what i meant by hi-tech games
@petersum (4526)
• United States
3 May 11
As I guessed, you obviously have little or no experience of Linux. If you think Windows looks good, there is something very seriously wrong with your eyesight. As for modern games, you have just mentioned two that are as old as the hills!
• Lithuania
4 May 11
I am sorry but i think windows used stone age peoples ha ha ha, but linux is real future. OK you saying 90 percent uses windows- that is because people thinks that good things must cost money. But... let me tell some facts: linux don't need any antivirus software, boot time of linux is really fast, its absolutely free, linux dont need to defragment clean registry etc. NASA uses linux (Fedora distribution) and many security agencies uses linux
5 May 11
Sorry, did you just call some of the brightest programmers on the planet stone age people? Some of which also contribute to Linux projects in their spare time. I also think you need to learn more about linux, I have a URL which might interest you: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defrag Thanks for another sporadic statement containing nothing more than what I suspect is hearsay.
@petersum (4526)
• United States
5 May 11
The wikipedia article only mentions available defrag programs. It doesn't say that they are needed! In fact my file system, reiserfs, isn't even mentioned in the article. Wikipedia isn't always a reliable source of information. I agree with esuturtingas that defrag is not required on Linux systems.
6 May 11
ext2, ext3, and ext4 (Linux): ext2 uses an offline defragmenter called e2defrag, which does not work with its successor ext3. However, other programs, or filesystem-independent ones, may be used to defragment an ext3 filesystem. ext4 is somewhat backwards compatible with ext3, and thus has generally the same amount of support from defragmentation programs.
@NeoCaelum (109)
• South Africa
3 May 11
Im a programmer, I used linux, and I used windows. Here is my opinion. Linux and windows are basicly the same thing. They are both operating systems. My feeling is that if everyone switched to linux, It will be the system with all the games, and security risks. what makes a computor is the software that is on it and if you understand it. not the operating system or even hardware. I will stay with windows. I have a firewall that blocks all incoming conections then I manually allow exeptions. And how many computor users want to edit scource? If I want source code for windows I make or download it.
@petersum (4526)
• United States
3 May 11
Linux has all the source code available freely, except for a few commercial programs that have an open source equivalent anyway. Programmers use it to learn or enhance their skills. Linux can always be made better, so it is ordinary people like you or me that can help make it as perfect as possible. That is how it works. Linux isn't owned by anyone - it is the combined efforts of thousands of programmers from all over the world. The reward for your effort is just the "fame" of having your name in the program itself.
4 May 11
I would like to add that Windows was not designed to be made better as a comparison to Linux from what petersum has mentioned. Windows is designed to be extended, where as Linux can be made better or extended. Please be aware that this does not mean Windows is better or worse than Linux. In addition, the statement "ordinary people" is a bit misleading, you do need some technical knowledge and preferably a programming background in order to make Linux better but the same is said about extending Windows. Again, the "Linux isn't owned by anyone" is untrue, as far as the Linux kernel is concerned, there are some rights reserved and in terms of the whole Linux picture there are commercial versions out there that companies own the rights to. The problem with this discussion is that to respond or answer the linux vs windows debate you need to drill down into each comment and then drill down again until you are picking the differences so minutely that a lot of time is required in order to provide a complete overview of the 2. Another point I would like to add is that Microsoft have gone to some extent to polish every version of Windows before a release to hide the fact that there are still areas of the operating system that are unfit for purpose, although in Linux the areas that are unfit for purpose are clearer to see and find but you will always get this, it is how you deal with this that is the ultimate choice between whether you use Windows or Linux or a combination of both.
@petersum (4526)
• United States
4 May 11
"Linux isn't owned by anyone" is true! The commercial vendors are charging for their servicing contracts and not for the actual operating system. Admittedly, they do make their own installers and graphics that are copyright but the main parts are still open source. Ordinary people can give ideas even if they don't have the programming skills. The "wish list" is important for many projects.
@Zer0Stats (1316)
• India
3 May 11
Its like comparing the United States with the Europian Union.I think both OS are good on their own.Plus it depends on what you want to do.If you want to download or buy all the greatest games,then stick with Windows.Also if you do not care that you computer gets viruses,and/or crashes,then stick with Windows. And if you want a computer that can run 24/7 with no problems,and will be much secure,then use Linux.The best thing about Linux,is pretty much everything is free.Well I have,both installed here and my experience say if you want to learn more its always better to have both OS on your system.
@petersum (4526)
• United States
3 May 11
Now that's a sensible answer! I would give you a best response but it's not my discussion. Linux, with an otherwise un-needed antivirus software, is often required to get Windows out of trouble. Linux can "see" Windows, but Windows has absolutely no idea that Linux is on your computer.
@kakvo35 (78)
• Bulgaria
5 Jun 11
I'm using windows 7 now but for me the best operating system is Windows XP - every thing can run on this operating system.Ihave seen linux before.Maybe for old and slow computers is better than windows but for new,fast computers Windows is the best .
@deejlux (524)
• Italy
28 May 11
"Windows crashes more than the time it starts." I don't know why this legend is still around. Maybe you hardware have some problems. Here i can stay online 1 month without rebooting my pc. And for Linux, i don't understand why you say doesn’t have much programs/softwares, did you every try it?
10 May 11
I would like to add that I have only ever came across one person who does everything in Linux at home and at work, saying that his wife uses Windows only so he has to have some knowledge of Windows too. I know many people who use Windows very confidently and have either never bothered to consider Linux or have some experience with Linux but don't really use it. This impacts on the level of support you can get for Windows, you more than likely wouldn't find your neighbor or friend helping you with Linux but have some element of luck finding someone to help you with Windows. People will argue that you can get support online for Linux but then the scenario of what happens when the Internet isn't working, who do you go to then? Can you phone a company to get support, probably but finding one will be hard. Etc. I give up on this discussion as I see no end to it so I'm dropping out of making any further comments as I don't see any benefit to anybody providing any information and I suspect others will probably find the same so sorry if this annoys anybody but I have said my piece and gave my reasons.
@katieh (151)
8 May 11
I've been a professional programmer for 20 years, so I think I know what real computing is. I work on Windows. No, it doesn't crash more often than it starts...and I don't _care_ about being able to modify it massively. Your average computer user has no interest in being able to modify their OS, and they certainly don't want software which requires them to do so! Linux is great for some applications, but it's far from the answer to everything.
@stylewaves (1063)
• India
8 May 11
Hello buddy , you were absolutely "Wrong" , person whoever uses a PC doesn't want to whats going on inside the PC . It was like if a person wants to operate a TV he needs to know how the data signal changes into Digital signal and get past through the Picture Tube . You weren't understanding , windows is the best awarded operating system for its interface . Don't mistake me , am not teasing or telling Linux is bad . I meant to be telling that Windows is always best . Linux has its own advantage , the main thing is its open source and can be modified officially . But who told windows can't be modified , it can be modified but unofficially . I bet that you would have started your PC career by using Windows only . That mean how could you tell that Windows is a dissolved OS . I am really appreciating the growth of Linux - Ubuntu . It is making its growth by relying on Windows operating system only .