5 Advantages of using Linux over Windows

So, you’re a new, or fairly moderate Linux user, who wants to know what the true advantages of Linux over Windows are? There are several advantages of Linux, and of course, some disadvantages to using the Linux operating system. This article covers 5 advantages of using Linux over Windows, and lists a few disadvantages as well.

Advantages of Linux:

  • Cost – The most obvious advantage of using Linux is the fact that it is free to obtain, while Microsoft products are available for a hefty and sometimes recurring fee. Microsoft licenses typically are only allowed to be installed on a single computer, whereas a Linux distribution can be installed on any number of computers, without paying a single dime.
  • Security – In line with the costs, the security aspect of Linux is much stronger than that of Windows. Why should you have to spend extra money for virus protection software? The Linux operating system has been around since the early nineties and has managed to stay secure in the realm of widespread viruses, spyware and adware for all these years. Sure, the argument of the Linux desktop not being as widely used is a factor as to why there are no viruses. My rebuttle is that the Linux operating system is open source and if there were a widespread Linux virus released today, there would be hundreds of patches released tomorrow, either by ordinary people that use the operating system or by the distribution maintainers. We wouldn’t need to wait for a patch from a single company like we do with Windows.
  • Choice (Freedom) – The power of choice is a great Linux advantage. With Linux, you have the power to control just about every aspect of the operating system. Two major features you have control of are your desktops look and feel by way of numerous Window Managers, and the kernel. In Windows, your either stuck using the boring default desktop theme, or risking corruption or failure by installing a third-party shell.
  • Software - There are so many software choices when it comes to doing any specific task. You could search for a text editor on Freshmeat and yield hundreds, if not thousands of results. My article on 5 Linux text editors you should know about explains how there are so many options just for editing text on the command-line due to the open source nature of Linux. Regular users and programmers contribute applications all the time. Sometimes its a simple modification or feature enhancement of a already existing piece of software, sometimes its a brand new application. In addition, software on Linux tends to be packed with more features and greater usability than software on Windows. Best of all, the vast majority of Linux software is free and open source. Not only are you getting the software for no charge, but you have the option to modify the source code and add more features if you understand the programming language. What more could you ask for?
  • Hardware - Linux is perfect for those old computers with barely any processing power or memory you have sitting in your garage or basement collecting dust. Install Linux and use it as a firewall, a file server, or a backup server. There are endless possibilities. Old 386 or 486 computers with barely any RAM run Linux without any issue. Good luck running Windows on these machines and actually finding a use for them.

Disadvantages of Linux:

  • Understanding – Becoming familiar with the Linux operating system requires patience as well as a strong learning curve. You must have the desire to read and figure things out on your own, rather than having everything done for you. Check out the 20 must read howto’s and guides for Linux.
  • Compatibility – Because of its free nature, Linux is sometimes behind the curve when it comes to brand new hardware compatibility. Though the kernel contributors and maintainers work hard at keeping the kernel up to date, Linux does not have as much of a corporate backing as alternative operating systems. Sometimes you can find third party applications, sometimes you can’t.
  • Alternative Programs – Though Linux developers have done a great job at creating alternatives to popular Windows applications, there are still some applications that exist on Windows that have no equivalent Linux application. Read Alternatives to Windows Applications to find out some of the popular alternatives.

Now that you have an understanding of some of the advantages of Linux, its time get out there and experiment. Windows can be a great tool for the lazy and incompetent, but it takes a true scholar and one who wants to learn to run a robust operating system like Linux.

40 thoughts on “5 Advantages of using Linux over Windows

  1. More Advantages…

    * Flexibility

    * You don’t have to deal with anti-piracy schemes and additional “hoop jumping”.

    * What about not needing to assess the number of security solutions out there for Linux. Just visit the Wilders Security Forums, and you’ll see what I mean!

    There isn’t like 1 AV solution, or a few access control solutions (SELinux, grsecurity, etc)…In Windows, there’s like 50+ AV solutions, a whole dozen anti-malware apps, intrusion prevention, anti-this, anti-that, etc…People say this one is better, others say that one is better. In less than 10min, you’d be pretty confused as to which is the best for your needs!


    * Windows Apps…Some apps just don’t work in Linux, even if you give Wine a shot. Maybe some day…

  2. Here is a Linux disadvantage to you: in order to use Linux you have to be Linux (or computer in general) enthusiast. Because if you have other hobbies then learning how to install new OS and how to get it working is not on your priority list.

    So I will debate on your pros and cons from point of view of a user. Somebody who uses PC just like any other appliance or a tool.

    1. Cost. If I were rude, I’d say get off your butt get yourself a better job and stop crying about it. Things cost money. But I say this. I expect my appliance/tool/gadget be configured and working when I bring it home from “Best Buy”. Since Linux is not sold there I’d have to pay somebody to install and configure it for me. OS install @ “Best Buy” is $129 ($249 if they do it in your home). Well, this is price for windows install, but let’s assume they charge similar amount for Linux install. I can install Open Source and Freeware on my windows PC to keep my usage costs down.

    Also, I checked out Dell (since they sell Open Source PC). Similar model with Win XP was only $30 more expensive than the Open Source one. And
    keep in mind their Open Source PC has FreeDOS packaged in but not installed. So you still need to install the OS yourself (XP would be already installed for you).

    So there is no real cost advantage for Linux to speak of. You might throw in higher hardware specs for Vista. Cannot comment there, since I did not try Vista (and probably will not any time soon), but on my both dual boot PCs I cannot say that Linux runs any faster comparing to XP (or win 2k).

    2. Security. Credit goes to Linux. Default Win install does not do a good job. You can keep your Windows relatively secure, but it requires additional work. It is possible to have Windows box properly secured and there are free anti-virus software available. But on the other side you have to say that Linux is not iron-clad either, it is possible to penetrate it and I am sure that when it reaches its prime (desktop install base comparable with Win or Mac) and competes with Windows directly (sold to a customer Joe through the same channels as win) there will be Linux viruses.

    3.Choices (Freedom). To me this is just a bogus propaganda and nothing more. Remember, PC is an appliance/tool, it does not need to look pretty, it must be functional. Of the variety of desktop environments in Linux there is really only one fully functional and reach in features:KDE. You can choose others for performance reasons, but you would give up features (which I will not give up at any price). So there are not many choices for me. KDE is the one. But it is better than Windows desktop manager. So half of point to Linux. Windows desktop is functional and easy to use too.

    4. Software. I do not even know why you went there. The are gazzilion more software titles available for Windows than for Linux (both casual home user and enterprise one). And there are many open source and free-ware programs available for windows as well.

    So you have 5 or more different text editors? Common, I need only one (functional, easy to use and full of bells and whistles). I do not need 10 programs to do the same thing. I need 10 programs to do 10 different things.

    “software on Linux tends to be packed with more features and greater usability than software on Windows” – that’s such a big and obvious over-statement that it does not need a reply.

    Well, HUGE advantage goes to Windows for software availability even if you have to pay for it.

    Another thing is software quality. Is is not a secret that some distros are getting released with obvious bugs and very visible bugs. When you report a bug, you’re performing a job that a professional QA should do. So if you think about it, you did not really get it for free, you’re their test lab rat, and they did not have to hire an expensive QA pro.

    5. Hardware. Using decade old 386/486 PCs ?! You got to be a really cash poor dude if you cannot buy a modern PC. It does not cost an arm and leg to buy a PC these days. Why would I even want to run a stripped down OS on that? No,no,no I need features, PC is an universal multi functional tool/appliance. I need my KDE, I need the bells and the whistles. All that requires decent hardware in both Linux and Windows. So this is a mute point.

    Your disadvantages.

    1. Understanding/Strong learning curve. It is not a disadvantage – It is a COMPLETE TURN OFF. As I said before, unless computers/OS/programming are your hobbies (or profession) there is no reason to waste your time on it. Period.

    Testing Linux out should be as easy as walking into “Best Buy” (or your other favorite store) and seeing a PC with Linux installed. Playing with it as you with Windows PC and deciding. Hmmm, it is better.

    2. Compatibility.
    “Sometimes behind the curve” ?! Pinch yourself, wake up and stop dreaming. How many electronic accessories and gadgets you can purchase in a store that say on the box that it is Linux compatible and provides Linux driver in the box??? You can get lucky if there is open source driver somewhere on the internet (or even in your Linux distro). So far neither my local phone company nor cable provider support Linux install to get high speed internet access. I had to use Windows to activate my account. Customer rep in the phone company did not even know what a Linux is !!!

    Add: web sites that work just fine on Firefox+Plugins/Windows and fail on Firefox+Plugins/Linux; complex MS Office documents are not completely handled by Open Office.

    3. Alternative Programs.
    Interesting. You put “Software” into Linux advantage, but “programs” into disadvantage. Pick a side, will you?

    Here is my summary.

    Windows: easy to use, well featured, and fully supported OS with security issues. By “fully supported” I mean wide range hardware/software vendors as well as service providers (including ISPs).

    Linux: decent desktop alternative if you’re willing to compromise a bit (learn it, has some bugs, some software might be lacking). More flexible setup options available. Open source, you can learn coding and command line (if that’s your thing) from existing examples of working applications. Community support not always reliable. Not ready for the prime-time, still does not compete directly against windows desktop as MacOS does (mass TV/media ads, available in major retail stores to try before you buy). You can try Linux before you commit to it (live CD), but it is a bit more effort than walking up to a Linux PC and just start playing with it. It might be an interesting idea if somebody burnt 100 (or more) CDs with MEPIS, PClinuxOS or other Live CD Distro and gave it away in a major retail store to people who never heard of Linux before. You think it’s worth of a try ???

    My apologies for a longish post. Sorry, but it is not a small subject.

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  4. Nice article, although sometimes there are too many choices for Linux. It is a problem for a newbie to select the right Dist. What comes to general comparison of what is better – Linux or Windows.. you have to consider all aspects such as GUI, stability, security, etc. If a user needs from his computer only a text application and internet browser – no matter what he will have Linux, Windows, BSD, MacOS – he will be happy with it.

    What comes to Linux – indeed it needs more advertisement and many hardware vendors should preinstall it on their products (laptops, computers), that would probably destroy the myth that Linux is for geeks.

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  6. COST is the most pathetic over-hyped and overplayed cards (by Linux geeks) for average Joe-The-Home-User (I am talking about average US consumer).

    First of all, I cannot go to my usual electronic appliance store and purchase a PC with Linux installed and supported. I did some digging and you can buy a PC from Dell without Windows. That PC comes with no OS installed (only FreeDOS included in the box). The same PC from Dell with XP Home is a PATHETIC $30 more. That’s right, my “MS Tax” is only $30 out of my pocket !!! Given the fact that I can run most popular open source programs (and free-ware) on my PC for free on my WinXP PC, we are still talking about the same PATHETIC $30 difference.

    Here is a different twist on the subject. In order to get Linux running on my two PCs I had to:
    * Read a number of Linux reviews to pick the right distributions. Filter out all of the fanboiz reviews that smell with baloney to get the real picture of what Linux is.
    * Spend hours downloading ISO images and burn those onto a CD/DVD.
    * Install Linux. This takes an hour or more. There are distributions that install faster, but reading install instructions takes time along with backing up your existing data files.
    * Figure out that something went wrong and try a different distro (go back 2 steps). Before making my final choice on a distro I tried: Suse, Fedora, Mepis, PClinuxOS, Zenwalk, VectorLinux, Slackware, PC-BSD, Sabyon, Gentoo. So, I tried at least 10 distros, multiply that by number of versions that I tried with some of them, you’d see that I already spent some of that $30 price advantage on blank CDs/DVDs :( Not that average consumer would do it this way.

    The question is how do you put the price tag on my time and effort just to get Linux running??? And how do you compare that to $30???

    Here is another real life twist. Your little schoolboy (or girl) need to do a home work with some windows program given out in school. Since windows is dominant on the desktop chances are that program is for windows. If you already have windows PC you’re set to go. But let’s say you don’t. Let’s say you saved that $30 before and have Linux only. What do yo do? Try wine – that is not working for many win programs. Buy CrossOver Office? Buy Win4Lin? Pay full retail price for Windows OS? All of the sudden those $30 bite your rear end really hard :(

  7. Yes, James, thank you. You’ve posted two long-winded posts here and we get the idea – you don’t like Liunx. Settle down, have some warm milk and a nap, and stop proselytizing.

  8. Oh, Dave, you got me all wrong.
    I like Linux and I use it on 2 of my home PCs. I went through 10 distros till I found the one that works for me, so I got to like something about it (you had to read my posts to get it).

    What I don’t like is a bunch of geeks yupping about some mythical advantages and misleading BS. They do more disfavor to Linux than they do good.

    The last thing (to keep this post shorter), you’re welcome to debate my points of view rather than trying to shut me down. I have no problems saying “I am wrong” if it happens to be so.

  9. James, you do make some good points about the cost of Linux. However, I found your reasoning flawed.

    Case in point, how much would you have spent (in time and money please) if you decided to try 10 different versions of Windows on your PC? Let’s see there’s Win3.1, Win95, Win98, Win98SE, WinNT 3.5, WinNT 4.0, Win2k, WinME, XP Home, and XP Pro…

    The day of Linux isn’t quite here yet. But when PCs start shipping with 4 gigs of RAM (the maximum amount that a 32-bit OS can access) I think we’ll start to see the tide turn towards Linux. Windows won’t be able to turn the corner from 32-bit to 64-bit computing. Yes, they did release XP-64 but it was junk and not a consumer-level product. Vista is 32-bit. Windows won’t have the 64-bit driver support needed to handle the transition.

  10. Mike,
    As far as 32/64 bit and 4GB limit, I just hope those product planning folks thinking about… Will home users need more than that in ’07/’08?

    As far as trying out different versions of Windows. One thing, let’s put aside versions geared toward corporate PCs (we could have it as separate fork in the debate). The only time you’d face it would be the transition period. Other times you get what you get in the store. And when Vista is out you can walk into any store and play with it in a store. It is not the same as playing with it on your home PC, but enough to get an idea.

    The upgrade. I’ll make separate post.

  11. The cost of windows upgrade. I am not a big fan of using a decade old PC. Why? Because, I believe that (as any home appliance) PCs progress with the time. New PC would produce less heat, noise, and vibration. Difficult to put price on this… But the less noise the less headache medicine to take, you could price it that way :) Then, newer PCs should be more energy efficient. Let’s say it is only 25 cents a day more efficient and you use your PC 200 days/year: thats gives you $50/year saved (which easily covers your MS tax). These numbers are pulled out of air, but my point is that you need to look well beyond straight up purchase price. I think there is a big chance that modern PC gives you better value in terms of computing power per money spent. And if your PC is only a couple of years old, no need to pull a plug, it’s still going to be good for another 3-4 years.

    I think now is the perfect time to have dual boot. Hard drives are big enough and you can still use windows when you need it and use Linux for its more secure internet experience.

  12. Interesting blog! True, many points James makes are very cogent.
    I changed from MS to Linux for a very simple reason: after the 4th (!) total crash with XP, and rather a lot of money spent on help that proved useless, I decided to go somewhere else. Also, I don’t like MS’s attitudes towards the consumer. Tough luck for US consumers who may be stuck with MS; tough luck it doesn’t need to be for the rest of us.
    That said, no OS is perfect. We have to live with it. It will be interesting to see how things develop.

  13. Wow, I love coming to these blogs about the advantages of linux over windows because the people who tend to write things are very similiar to politicians who are to set in their ways to even think that there may be good in 2 sides of any issue. Linux is a fun system to use, I consider it more of a toy then a real tool though. The software created is done open source most of the time because we know that people who won’t pay for an OS probably won’t pay for the software on it either. I think that open source software is great in that it is a collection of developers who are all sharing their knowledge, but organized software where people get paid, tends to produce better software on average which is one of the reasons that Windows has and will have more software then Linux. I like that linux is more secure then windows right after the install, but that doesn’t mean that someone who isn’t lazy with windows can’t make windows run in whatever security they want. you don’t have to run as administrator, security at the file system level is more fine grained then linux is in that you aren’t limited to one owner, one group and then the world but can add any number of users or groups to any file or directory. To set this up though does take time and someone who really knows what they are doing. You are also limited in that most of the programs that were originally written on windows by default want to run as administrator. I really do like the fact that with linux I can install web servers easily on older machines and have a few running at home. I guess my biggest complaint is that linux users seem to feel they deserve some recognition and seem to have this entitlement thinking that people have to see them as being superiour computer users because they can copy a line in vi.

    “Windows can be a great tool for the lazy and incompetent, but it takes a true scholar and one who wants to learn to run a robust operating system like Linux.” Is by far the dumbest line that I have ever heard in my entire life. Developers are by far the most experienced computer users in the world and Microsoft developers have come up with some of the greatest tools, such as C# which is such a great tool, especially when compared to the same old gcc used on linux. If you are going to make any of these stupid comments make them to your other geek buddies at your World of Warcraft parties.

  14. What you said is all true.. and beyond my knowledge. I have read your beautiful stats and can confidently argue those who still don’t want to change over to linux..

    .. and why not? :)

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  16. hi james! i am very much agreeed with you. you really revealed some hidden truths of linux being a windows fan , i really dont understand as why linux provide more security as being open source it should be more prone to viruses and other malware activities?

  17. i think i just lost twenty minutes of my life reading this crap! You all work for bill gates don’t you? Take up playing warcraft or something……

  18. Thanks mr james and all of other who given own clear view about linux……

    and i am also adding some
    advantages of linux and Disadvantage

    * linux support multiuser desktop
    that means in one time or same time multipule user can work beathout
    quite system.

    * linux also support multiple desktop.as if u are workig in terminal 1 and quickly u wat to go terminal 2 than you can go easyly.beathout effect terminal 1.

    *linux more security then other oprating system .

    *linux is case sensetive oprting system.

    *linux oprating system pass crass the os test 90% which is very enougth i think as i knows
    any one os cant pass crass the os test near about up to 90%

    *linusx os is faster than other oprating system (1.223)times

    *linux as you know open sorce oprating system ,which kind you want then you can made like that oprating system..and work with enjoy…

    *it is virus free os.


    *Driver capability

    *More expensive than other os

    *Not userfriendly os .

  19. I think the cost efficiency comes from when you build your own PC by buying the parts, not from a company. If you spend lets say $500 on a PC, and you want windows, add the price of that OS to the overall cost. But with Linux its still $500.
    (Note: I could have over looked something and might be wrong)

  20. James,

    Did you even read our author’s article? He states very cleary that Linux is more for the hobbyist/computer programming enthusiast. He (or she – I cannot find the author’s name) fairly weighs both the disadvantages and advantage of Linux and you, James, don’t even reference/realize that you and our author are in agreement when it comes to recommending Windows for users that simply want to take their new computer out of it’s package and start using it right away, and also have adequate access to ready-made, easy-to-download or install applications and upgrades.

    I think it’s great that you are compassionate towards other users and want to ensure we are all well-informed; though, I do suggest that you A) more thoroughly read the article to which you will respond, and B) learn how to spell, proof-read, and how to write a pursuasive argument —I’d like to know how much money you make, and what kid of job you have if you are so ignorant as to suggest people using old computer hardware need to find better jobs. I’m not going to waste my time helping you understand how the intelligent brain works (and no, I don’t think I am of superior intelligence because I find Linux interesting — I haven’t used a Linux-based computer since Windows ’94 came out).

    For those of you interested, I find this information extremely helpful. I am looking for a good netbook to buy and I have found that the Linux-based computers come with more of the features I want and still boast an affordable price. Why am I looking for a good price? Because my $3,500 fully configured home laptop is too heavy to take to Europe with me, and I also don’t want to risk breaking it or losing it. James may be thinking, “well, why can’t I just buy a new one if that happens.” Think about that one yourself. I don’t have all day to explain the obvious.
    I came to this site because I was worried I wouldn’t be able t work the linux-based netbooks with enough ease; but I am now confident that Linux will be easy enough to navigate for all my uses of my complimentary laptop. I also do find the programming world to be quite interesting, and it is fun to explore how to create and adapt programs and work with various platforms.
    I know that one great feature of Linux (on a desktop) is that it allows the computer to run at much lower temperatures. Overheating a a concern of mine, and doesn anyone know if Linux-run laptops and/or netbooks produce significantly less heat? Thank you!

    Mike, I find your comments to be very helpful. It is a bit harsh that you really think the author is trying to say that Linux users are superior people and Windows users are lazy good-for-nothings. Isn’t it obvious that term ‘Windows USERS’ is never used interchangeably with any term used to reference or address Windows DEVELOPERS and PROGRAMMERS?

  21. The only thing I agree on is the barebone security that comes with linux. If you are worried about security though I highly suggest you DO NOT leave it up to a bare-bone minimum.

    Honestly if you are worried that much about hackers and identity theft then listen. If a hacker would want to break into your computer and I mean a good one then there is no FireWall product out there to stop him. Hackers live, eat, breathe and shit your OS’s code they know it inside and out.

    My point is get protection software no matter what you go with and you’ll be fine.
    I don’t use any firewalls or anti-viruses because I know what I do with my computer.

  22. compiz fusion is awesome, all the money I didnt give to bill gates is awesome. My fully customized Desktop is awesome. Too bad windows isnt free, open source, and modular. I guess microsoft wouldnt be able to develop all the technology they do if we didnt hand them our money. i dunno.

  23. Linux has not got virus becuz for it’s less usages , if some day linux user are more than windows then virus make may begin to start making virus

  24. windows 7 crashed, was slow and used 6 gb of ram

    ubuntu 10.04 was just so godamn fast, no viruses, lightwieght, less crap, easier to get programs, it just worked without all that bullshit that came with my laptop. my computer with 8x less ram and 4xless cpu and 22x less graphics booted faster and was quicker than my refunded laptop.

    windows is shit

    when the price of computer hardware becomes lower then windows, thats when linux will start to become the most market dominant os

    2000 price of computer was £1000

    2010 pice of computer £150

  25. you think hackers haven’t already looked through the source code? Is all been patched since ages ago. Also before i go online i can change the permissions of my home folder so that nothing can access any of my files! price of that £0

    price of norton £70 and its still not that good

  26. Major disadvantage…. “games”. Nuff said. The minute a Linux distro supports any and all games my rig can handle, I’m there. Until that day I won’t be dual-booting or leaving Windows.

    Going from XP, or 7 to Linux is like stripping your almighty rig of its usefulness, and slapping on a cheap (free! let’s not forget, forever free!) dress from a thrift shop, get some mismatched heels on there so she can stumble around a bit, and then dumb her down with a drug like Umbutu or Mint… then date rape her with pants free software that pales next to the Photoshops and the like. Weak.

    Games. Mac ports take forever, and Linux just can’t deal, at least without major workarounds. Hassle is to a gamer what a skint curb crawler is to a hooker… or something. The community supporting Linux talk in half leet-speak and a quarter nonsense, barring any new membership except by fellow nerdmeisters who’ve ran the gauntlet of the sexually frustrated Linux learning curve.

    This is not an appealing option to anyone coming from “Windoze”, and they aim to keep it that way. They can keep it, whilst sneakily sliding onto Windows whenever they need to game. Heh ha.

  27. For the layman Linux is free, to businesses however it’s a different story. It all goes back to history, Linux was developed as a server OS that’s about it companies like Red Hat grew off the capital. Licensing a Linux product in a production environment actually costs just as much as investing in Microsoft licensing. Unlike Microsoft’s free support, Linux support requires payment.

  28. There is no perfect OS , so if u are not satisfied with what you have, go pull ur butt and create ur own os .. lol

  29. linux is free…i just e-mailed to kubuntu fountation asking kubuntu os-cd..they sent me 20 cds ..and said use them to propogate linux..if you want know efficiency of linux over windows use both for continous 3 years and check system performance/speed etc..

  30. Sarah, you’re hilarious and probably right about linux users switching to windows to game I say this being one of them (cant live without my poker) :)

  31. what will be don to make linux popular in most african countries because from my observation linux is not as popular in africa as windows so please i will need a reply on the means or methods to be used . Am a networking student who wishes to go the top of the I.T world thanks am expecting a peply

  32. I just thought i would let those who don’t know.. know about slitaz.. a mini linux distro which boots into memory and has alot to offer. I too can’t live without my poker.. sirsmokesalot. And i play on pokerstars and fulltilt everyday using wine to install the .exe, it works perfectly. The beauty of this distro is that you don’t even need a hard drive to run the os. My hardrive died several months ago and i have been using slitaz ever since. Its not the perfect os.. but at around 39 MB. It is the champ in my book. So make note of it. If your hardrive dies. Its nice to have a copy of this laying around. It doesn’t support divx, but flash works like a charm. It can also be installed on usb and booted from there. I use the latest cooking version for any of those who are interested. Slitaz. It also boots in less than a minute on my 1gig laptop. Hope this helps someone.

  33. You are all obviously losers for posting on a blog that is well over three years old. People back in 07 got the message….

    All of you are idiots…

    Except for James. He is not an idiot.

  34. -is better for programming and networking.
    -with that of viruses, spyware and other, I know there are not, and yes, that’s a big advantage.
    -Linux can easily download over the Internet or otherwise paying a price.
    -The server-level security can encontrarque the Linux versus other
    server market is much larger.
    -His real multitasking makes it possible to run multiple applications and processes simultaneously.

  35. i believe that Linux is a much better operating system and as far as James has to say for the cons and that the fact you do need knowledge to run Linux for the rest of the people there is apple although pricey the have a lot of pros to inc user friendly. But yet a con although workable i am in the military and am appreciative of people that serve the country the problem is that the CAC (common access card) or military id AKO does not respond to Mozilla Firefox very well and that will be all resolved with your user-name and password but the military has a big issue with security and the constant change of password is a pain but the use of the CAC card is well and all but you can have the same password for your whole enlistment which is bad. and i am a firm believer that if there is a will there is a way and you can make the CAC work with any system but it will take work…

  36. You all people totally confused the readers who are in need of these details about benefits of linux over windows.

  37. 1) obtain opensuse dvd
    2) boot and follow easy install
    3) reboot and enjoy

    btw…microsoft forbids vendors from selling non-windows pc’s alongside windows pc’s.
    Microsoft have always been anti-choice.
    So was Steve ‘i want to kill android’ Jobs.

  38. Thanks,sounds pretty good.
    Well. a good operating system should have the following properties:
    a)efficient:maximizes throughput,maximizes resource utilization,minimizes CPU idle time,minimizes response time.
    b)concurrency: the OS allows instantiation of multiple processes
    c)sharing: the OS should allow the access of files and resources between users.
    d)the OS should be small in size:this allows more space for other programs. It should not occupy too much space in the drive.
    e)well documented
    f)easy to manage: simple error management techniques
    g)platform independent:it should work in all hardware and software combination.
    h)long-term storage: the OS should allow the user to store files in the computer rather than in external locations.
    i)reliable: give desirable result of a computation amidst a few system errors.
    l)cheap……blah!blah! There we got it,you can then evaluate the OS you want to go for.

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