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Linux vs. Microsoft

15 September 2010

Much is said about the Linux operating system but how does it really size up to Microsoft?

Firstly, Linux is an entirely free operating system; it does not cost anything to the user. Surely you must think because it’s free they must charge for the software. Again, all the software is free to use and download. Compatible software such as spreadsheets, word-processing and email applications are freely available to work from. This is in contrast to Microsoft whose Microsoft Office packages such as Microsoft WordExcel and Access as well as the actual operating systems are some of the priciest, bestselling products on the market.

Linux is available on many types of CPUs and most recently on a variety of other devices such as mobile phones and PDAs. Because of the diversity of the CPU component, Linux can adapt its operating system to fit around most modern day technological products. Microsoft also bases many of its embedded platform products, such as PDAs and Smartphones, on the Windows CE operating system. This delivers a user friendly version of applications such as Windows Mobile, Mediaroom and Auto PC, which users have become used to.

But what about performance you ask? Microsoft has been developing new versions of Windows such as the XP and Vista versions both receiving mixed reviews due to the lack of improvement from its predecessor. However, Microsoft has always made it easy enough to monitor system performance through the System Monitor or Diagnostic packages. 21st Century Linux systems can and do serve up anything easily and quickly. It’s secure, fast and extremely flexible to use as there is often more than one way to handle a task. Performance management is used through simple command tools ending with “stat”, which helps monitor, track and analyse system performance efficiently.

For more information on learning how to use Linux please see our variety of Linux training courses for both the beginner and advanced user.

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