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Old 12-08-2006, 03:21 AM   #1
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what are the difference between windows and linux?

i am new to linux networking. i want to know the differences between microsoft operating systems and linux. what are the merits and demerits?
Old 12-08-2006, 04:30 AM   #2
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Are you trying to start a flame war?

Thousands of virii/worms/trojans afflict windows, creating an industry of anti-virus vendors. Less that one hundred of the same afflict Linux.

I can leave my Linux workstation turned on for days, weeks, months at a time without the system locking up. Windows can't do the same.

I never have to defrag.

I have anti-virus on my system just to be sure that something I forward to windows users isn't infected.

I don't have to re-install to fix something that Linux broke. If it gets broken, it's because of something I did in ignorance. In the early days of my Linux experience, I did re-install several times. As I learned later, those re-installs were not necessary, had I but known more about the Linux operating system in general, and my chosen distro in particular.

Windows breaks itself, all too often.
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Regarding using linux I use it for the following reasons:
1) I'm not supporting a multinational that are providing a mediocre product at exceptionally high prices.
2) It's highly configurable so you can get it to work exactly how you want it to and look exactly how you want it to.
3) You don't have to install all the added "extras" that you don't want that take up loads of space/processing power.
4) Don't need to defrag (wtf is up with that?).
5) You don't need an antivirus.
6) You don't have to CONSTANTLY restart your machine everytime you make some tiny adjustment.
7) It's free!
8) Information is shared to advance the development.
9) You have multiple desktops (have yet to find one that works perfectly on windows).
10)It can run with the minimum hardware requirements, doesn't vista need a gig of RAM? Vista = XP + added visuals to make it run slower.
11) It's not hard to use, windows is just 'intuitive' because people are used to it. If you've never used it, it's not intuitive.
12) There is an endless supply of really good software.

There is an enormous amount of Operating Systems out there and I'd rank windows right at the bottom of the list.

Will finish my rant now

Go the linux route, you'll enjoy it! There's alot of knowledgeable people in here that can help you on your way too!
Old 12-08-2006, 05:23 AM   #4
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Do you want to know the differences when it comes to networking or in general? Your question is not 100% clear to me.

some design differences

I have anti-virus on my system just to be sure that something I forward to windows users isn't infected.
You're too good for this world.
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If its for networking only (its not clear your question), you have to know that microsoft have taken the BSD networking stack and have adapted it.

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Originally Posted by manielec28
i am new to linux networking. i want to know the differences between microsoft operating systems and linux. what are the merits and demerits?
This question is a bit too broad to get useful answers---and it almost looks like homework.
Please clarify the context of your question---eg are you considering switching to Linux? Or simply gathering information?

From the standpoint of the end user, the biggest difference is open-source vs proprietary. Both OSes will get the job done for just about anyone. If you are not computer-savvy, you may actually get BETTER support by using Linux and Open-Source. Problem is, you may also need more support....
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See also overview comparison at ... cheers, makyo


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