Linux vs. Windows has always been one of the most frequently asked questions related to the operating system. Users often get confused about which one is better for them. There is diversity between the users as most users prefer the graphical user interface (GUI) and most command-line interface (CLI). There are many disagreements and acrimonious behavior among users, and it seems that it will be forever.
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In this section, we will discuss the differences between Linux and Windows by considering several parameters such as performance, usability, security, ease of use, and more to clear a picture of using both operating systems. Further, we will see the advantages of Linux over other operating systems such as Windows and Mac OS. This will help you to decide which one is better for you.
Difference between Linux and Windows operating system
To understand the difference between Linux and Windows, let's see a brief introduction to both operating systems. Later we will talk on their features and security options.
What is the Windows operating system?
Windows is a graphical operating system developed and marketed by Microsoft. It is also referred to as Microsoft Windows. Several versions of Windows have been introduced in the market; the current version is Windows 10. The first version of Windows was introduced on November 20, 1985, as a graphical operating system for MS-DOS.
Microsoft Windows is a family of various operating systems. It comes with two versions, i.e., 64 bit and 32 bit. It facilitates both client and server versions. The latest client version is Windows 10, and the server version is Windows server 2019.
Windows is a straight forward and simple to use. Generally, it is designed for users having no programming knowledge. So, mostly it is used for business and alternative industrial purposes.
What is a Linux operating system
Linux is an open-source operating system. As it is open-source, it is special and different from other operating systems, which means that you can customize it by editing source code. It provides programming as well as a graphical user interface. Linux is built by Linux Torvalds because he wanted to create a free operating system kernel that anyone can use.
Linux is a collection of operating systems that are based on Linux kernel. The first version of Linux was released in the year 1991. The Linux system is most commonly used for servers; however, it is available in desktop versions as well.
Ubuntu, Devian, and Fedora are some popular Linux distributions. Also, we have SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) and RedHat Enterprise Linux for the commercial distribution of Linux. As it is open-source, we can modify the source code and make variations in the operating system.
Let's discuss some features and parameters to understand the difference between both operating systems:
- File System
Windows uses different drives such as C, D, E, and more, having some folders to store files.
But Linux uses a tree structure to store and organize files. Linux file structure starts from the root directory, and it is considered as a start point of the file system. It is represented by a forward slash (/). In Linux, everything (Directories, devices, and files) is considered a file.
There are three types of files available in a Linux system.
- General files
- Directory files
- Device files
The general file system of Unix is as follows:
General files: General files or ordinary files are files that contain images, text, or a program. These files are in ASCII text or Binary format. The General files are the most common in any Linux system.
Directory files: Directory files are the depository for other files. A directory can have a subdirectory file within it. For Windows, we can understand them as folders.
Device files: Windows represents the external devices (Pendrives, hard drives, and CD-ROM) as letters such as E: F: But, Linux represents devices as files, such as the hard drive's partitions are represented as dev/sda1, dev/sda2, and more (depends upon the number of partitions). All the device files take place within the directory /dev.
- Naming Conventions for file
Linux files are case sensitive; therefore, we can have two files having the same name; one in upper case and other in lower case. Comparatively, the Windows files are not case sensitive; we cannot have two files with the same name.
Windows supports four types of users:
Comparatively, Linux supports three types of users:
In Linux, when we install ubuntu on our system, a regular account user is created. By default, all our files are saved in the home directory (/home/). A regular user cannot access the other user's directories.
Apart from the regular user account, a root user account is also created during installation. The root account is also called as superuser as it can access the restricted files, install the software and other utility, and has administrative rights. For installing the software or editing the system files or any other administrative task, we need the root access. For general tasks such as creating files, playing games, browsing the internet, we don't need the root access.
The Linux system is widely used as the server operating system. The leading service providers such as Apache, Squid, email, and more have their service accounts to increase security. Linux service user can allow or deny access to various resources depending on the service type.
Note: The Ubuntu Desktop version does not have a service account, and the regular accounts are called standard accounts.
- Home Directory
Linux OS has a separate home directory for a user. The files and directories created by a user are stored under a particular home directory. A user cannot store the files under any other user's directory, as it is not allowed to access the other user's directory. For example, the home directory of a user 'Alex' is automatically created as '/home/alex/' at the time of installation.
The Windows OS also has different home directories for different users. It is as 'C: documents or settings.'
- Other Directories
Linux systems have a tree structure to save the directories; comparatively, Windows uses different drives to save the directories. In Windows, system and program files usually take place in C drive. But in Linux, the system and program files take place in their specific directory such as software files are stored in /bin, programs and device files are in /dev, and boot files are stored in /boot directory.
The basic part of any operating system is its kernel. It interacts with hardware devices and performs other functions such as process management, file handling, and more. Different operating systems have different kernels.
Linux and Windows have a different kernel. The Linux kernel is monolithic, and it consumes more running space. Comparatively, Windows uses the microkernel, which consumes less running spaces. But, Windows running efficiency is less than Linux. The key difference between Linux kernel and Windows kernel is that Windows is a commercial software while Linux is open-source software.
Linux is an open-source operating system, so almost all the utilities and libraries are entirely free. The GNU/Linux distribution can be simply downloaded for free. However, some companies are providing paid support for their Linux distributions, but the underlying software is still free.
Microsoft Windows licensed copy usually cost between $99.00 and $199.00. Microsoft currently stops providing support for the earlier versions. The latest version, Windows 10, is available at $139.
Let's focus some head to head comparison between Linux and Windows.
|Access||Users can access the source code of kernel in Linux and can alter the kernel according to need.||Usually, users cannot access the source code. However, members of some groups can have access to it.|
|Variety||Linux has several distributions that are highly customizable.||Windows have fewer options to customize.|
|Command-line||The command line usually referred to as Terminal, which is the most useful tool of the Linux system. It used for administration and daily tasks. For the end-users, it does not look so effective.||Windows also have a command line, but it is not such effective as a comparison to the Linux terminal. Most users prefer the GUI options for daily tasks.|
|Installation||The Linux installation process is a bit complicated to set up as it requires many user inputs. It takes less time than Windows to install.||Windows OS is easy to install and set up on a machine; it requires fewer user input options during installation. However, it takes more time to install as compared to Linux.|
|Ease of use||The Linux OS is meant to be for the technical user because you must have some exposure to various Linux commands. Users may take more time to be a handy user of Linux. The troubleshooting process is also complicated as compared to Windows.||Windows comes with simple and rich GUI options, so it is easy to use it. It can be simply used by technical as well as non-technical users. The troubleshooting process is also much easy than Linux.|
|Written in||Linux is written in assembly language and C.||Windows is written in C++ and assembly language.|
|Reliability||Linux is highly reliable and secure. It has well-established system security, process management, and uptime.||Windows is not as much reliable as Linux. However, now Windows has improved reliability but still has some security weaknesses and system instabilities.|
|Support||Linux has a|
good support as it has a huge community of user forums and online search.
|Windows also provide good support to its user. It provides free as well as paid support. It has an easily accessible online forum.|
|Update||Linux provides full control to its users on updates. A user can install the update whenever needed. Also, it takes less time to install an update.||Windows updates are annoying. The updates will come at any time and take too much time to install. Sometimes, you power on your machine, and updates are automatically getting started. Unfortunately, the user does not have much control over updates.|
|Security||Linux OS is more secure than Windows. It is hard for the hackers and attackers to find a loophole in it. So, Linux is hard to breakthrough.||Windows is less secure than Linux. Attackers primarily target the Windows for malware and virus. Windows is most vulnerable without anti-virus.|
|License||Linux is distributed under the GPL(GNU General Public License) license.||Windows is distributed under a Proprietary commercial software license.|
In this article, I will be outlining the pros and cons of the three major operating systems: Linux, Mac and Windows (commonly referred to as 'PC'). Keep in mind that there are many other operating systems, but I will not be reviewing them because of their very small market share.
Let's start with the most popular: Windows
With almost 90% of the operating system market share, you can't miss Windows. It's in commercial buildings, industrial facilities, as well as home computers.
Windows, having been introduced in 1985, is a very mature and complete piece of software. Yet, it has it's flaws..
- Compatibility: Almost every application, driver or game will work on Windows.
- Technical support: Having so many users, you can always find someone (either online or offline) who can help you with Windows.
- Huge quantity of function: When you get to know Windows well, you'll find out that there are so many functions that you can do almost anything quite easily.
- Viruses: You may need to buy an antivirus program, although free ones exist.
- Slow: Windows, especially Vista and 7, requires a lot of computer resources (memory, processor, disk space), and thus, runs slower.
- Price: It easily costs over a hundred dollars.
Another big player: Macintosh
Apple's Macintosh OS is even older than Windows. It is the first ever successful graphical-based operating system, being released one year before it's Microsoft counterpart.
- Viruses: Apple Macs get almost no viruses. This is mostly due to Window's superior market share.
- Reliability: Macs only run on Apple computers, and are thus less prone to hardware and software crashing.
- Looks: Let's face it, most of the time, Mac just looks better than Windows.
- Expensive: Mac costs even more than Windows.
- Only available on Apple computers: If you already have a computer, you cannot install MAC on it unless it's an Apple. Otherwise, you must buy a new computer.
- Compatibility: Only a few programs will run on Mac, and almost no games.
Smaller but growing: Linux
Linux is GNU's answer to Mac and Windows. Yes, this means that Linux is FREE! By free, you can download, modify and redistribute it without spending a dime! . Linux is a younger player in the OS world, having been written in 1991, and is optimized for modern use (well, more than Windows and Mac). Unfortunately, it has some disadvantages also..
- Price: Linux is F-R-E-E. You can download it, install it, use it, modify it.. All for a whooping 0$.
- Variety: Linux is not a full operating system. It is just a kernel. To use the kernel, additional software needs to be bundled with Linux. Several hundreds of these bundles (called 'distributions' or simply 'distros') exist. The most popular ones include Ubuntu, Mint and Fedora. The good thing is, with so many different flavours of Linux, there is always one to suit your needs!
- Viruses: Although being more vulnerable to viruses than Mac (because it is open source), Linux still has very, very, very few viruses.
- Complicated: Although some distros are quite easy to use, most of them will required a good deal of computer knowledge in order to get them to work.
- Compatibility: Like Mac, representing only a few percents of the market share, Linux does not have as many programs and games as Windows.
- Vendors: You won't find a lot of vendors selling Linux computers. Usually, you'll just end up having to buy Windows computer, reformatting the hard drive, and installing Linux yourself.
In conclusion, no operating system is really better, the choice is up to you. If you're a gamer, then you have no choice, go for Windows. Programmers might prefer Linux and video/graphics producers will probably tend towards Mac. The best thing to do is probably to try each OS and see which is best for you! Upek eikon trueme usb fingerprint reader for pc & mac.