With around 80 million Linux users and hundreds of millions of Windows users, it’s an interesting question to pose – which one’s best? Both have great advantages and so we’re weighing up the main differences between the two in order to get a feel for what one really is the best.
One of the main components many users take into account when choosing an operating system is how well they perform regarding software and hardware. Linux has a broad variety of available software programs and utilities available; however Windows far outweighs Linux in this respect simply due to the sheer popularity of it. Windows can offer a much larger selection of software programs and utilities that Linux simply cannot compete with.
The same goes for hardware too. Whilst Linux has made great steps forward in hardware support, many companies still do not offer drivers or support for their hardware in Linux whereas almost all hardware manufacturers will support their products in Microsoft Windows and almost all hardware products are compatible with Windows.
2-0 to Microsoft Windows at this Stage!
Accessing servers is a major priority for many users and whilst both systems offer FTP access, which comprises of transferring your files from your hard drive to a web server, only Linux will offer Telnet or SSH access. It is indeed possible to set up Telnet access on Windows but very few hosting administrators will actually offer it. Telnet and SSH offer users a means by which they can open a window directly on a web server and manipulate files directly. Thus, if you’re making use of dedicated servers then Linux could be the better choice for you.
Another big factor for users is the security of the operating system they are using, and it would seem that Linux have hit the back of the net with this one! It has always been a very secure system and compared to Windows it is much more secure with far less attacks recorded. Meanwhile, Windows remains the most vulnerable to viruses and other attacks as spy bots and malware have been specifically designed to infect the masses of computers running Windows.
That’s two in favour of Linux bringing the score level!
Furthermore, reliability is also a significant factor and historically Linux has been able to perform for months and even years without needing to be rebooted. Meanwhile, Windows has notoriously struggled in comparison with updates and reboots regularly required to keep it on its toes. It therefore doesn’t come close to Linux in terms of reliability. Three-two to Linux!
Linux is also the cheaper of the two systems as most Linux variants are available for free or at a much lower price than the Windows equivalent. It looks to me like Linux has doubled its lead and could well stretch away into the distance. Linux is, however, the harder of the two systems to use and Windows is currently the preferred supplier all around the world.
Everyone knows Windows but Linux does have a few strings to its bow. In addition, did you know that the popular Satellite Navigation systems, TomTom and Garmin, make use of Linux? This alone easily pushes the number of Linux users over the 100 million mark and makes the choice a lot harder than it may appear!
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