Is Linux better then Windows?
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A user interface consists of many parts including icons, windows, cursor, colours and much more. It defines how the user feels while working on the system. Microsoft spends millions to make the correct decision about how Windows should look and feel to the user and that makes it quite naturally the winner.
It is also easier to use. Why? Linux uses strange error messages with full details of the error. While it is great for those who know what all those words, memory addresses and error codes would mean, they are gibberish to the people who are not technically great. Windows keeps the blow of the error soft by omitting the details. While it creates the difficulty to find the origin of error, the user is still satisfied!
2. Installation of Linux vs. Windows: You may think this should have come earlier. But it is at the second place because we seldom think of the installation problems. But since it is very important, it cannot be pushed down.
Windows has traditionally used 80 X 25 text based installation up to Windows XP. Since Windows Vista, it's all graphical and how! It is just a matter or few clicks and it's done! While there are Linux distributions which keep it easy; the most popular being ubuntu, you still have to deal with terms like cylinders, file systems, swap space and so on. More sophisticated installers such as 'yast' used for installing openSUSE go to the extreme end of sophistication and make installing Linux for a user new to computer a nightmare. Windows keeps it just easy!
Onward to my thesis.
My basis is that linux, in it's many forms, has become both easy to use and much more technologically advantaged over windows.
The first aspect of the operating system is the User Interface. With Windows, whether it be xp, vista, 7, or 8, you have a set look that you cannot modify. For instance, xp has a green lower task bar. This may become more and more annoying to any users. Thus, Ubuntu has a version where you can change the desktop. I am currently running a version of ubuntu that has two task bars, a windows xp task bar, and a standard kubuntu task bar. The windows task bar is availiable through a virtual machine.
Secondly, linux is much more safe against viruses and malware. In windows, almost all executeble files are labeled with a .exe file extension. This has become a large pointer for viruses, because many virus creaters know that the majority of the world uses windows, thus using .exe extensions. Surprisingly, after connecting to the internet, most windows computers get infected within 40 minutes. Linux throws all the viruses off by using a plethora of different executable file extensions, including .run, .bin, .csh, .ksh, and .out.
Third, compare how long it takes windows to boot and then time how long it takes linux to boot. That is all I need to say.
Fourth, paying money for an operating system is completely normal in our world. Most of the time, computers come with windows completely installed, which only adds to the price. In fact, buying a good version of windows 7 can multiply up to $200. Adding microsoft office, ($109) games, and other programs can shoot the price to alarming proportions. Linux solves all of that. Linux is absolutely free. On linux, within a program called the muon software center, there are thousands of free, open source programs, such as blender, openoffice, libreoffice, firefox, chrome, steam, and gimp. Price? $0
Fifth, because linux is as a rule open source, you have absolute freedom on your computer. You can completely rewrite the operating system, modify the way the desktop works, play with the konsole... the list goes on and on. Windows is locked tight.
Sixth, linux is good for both advanced computer users and lower level computer users. Computer programmers will find a wonderful terminal, that is fully documented, a huge variety of available programming languages, and over 400 different types of text editors on the muon software center. For basic computer users, linux has been working for ten years to attempt to streamline their user interface and make it easier for the layman to use. The latest version of kubuntu is much like windows 7, just with all the advantages of linux, and none of the disadvantages of windows.
Now, there are many wonderful programs that run only on windows, such as photoshop or many game engines. But, linux has two solutions for that. The first is called WINE, which stands for wine is not an emulator. The purpose of wine is to translate code readable by windows into code readable by linux. I can run windows programs on my linux os. Second, I can use an emulator, such as virtualbox. This allows me to run windows os within my linux os, and use all the programs in the windows os.
Through all these reasons and many more, it is apparent that linux is the better operating system by far. Now, I await my opponents response. Thank you.
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