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Microsoft Windows operating system is better than Linux

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Started: 9/6/2013 Category: Technology
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The Microsoft Windows operating system is better because it's relatively easier and user-friendly, whereas Linux, as a trade off for it's open-source software code and customization, is generally more advanced and has a limited selection of software and gaming options.



I'll accept the debate. Although Windows is certainly easier than Linux, easy is not always the way to go. Linux's superior security, reliability, and configurability are worth the extra effort. Linux is also much cheaper than Windows. Some versions can be downloaded for free, which has the additional advantage of not giving a wad of cash to a giant corporation. Windows was originally designed as a simplification of UNIX OS, that could be profited from and copyrighted. Linux, as the prime inheritor of the BSD freeware movement is less corporate, more democratic, better positioned to adapt to changes in technology, and clearly positioned to outlast Windows in the future.

Look forward to your arguments. Good Luck!
Debate Round No. 1


Thank you Oromagi for accepting the debate. I want to point out first that generally speaking, the majority of computer OS users are more familiar with Windows, be that from the current version all the way down to 98 even. They are more likely to find Windows as easier to use and sometimes refuse to try Linux. For the cost it's worth, most people find using Windows OS to be easier and friendly.

Windows is used by at least 90% of the market:

I look forward to your next argument.


Thanks, SonicRacer14

I'll start by pointing out that the statistic you cite is rather misleading. That's because you only generated OS reporting for desktop systems. Desktops systems, however, are not the only machines that run OS's. In fact, they are no longer even the majority. Smartphones are the primary and bestselling computer used by most of the world in 2012. Tablets are quickly taking over the desktop market. Here's last year's sales + 2017 projections:


So, no. Windows is not used by 90% of the OS market, just 90% of the desktop market which is less than 30% of the OS market. Now, using the same website as you used, let's look at what OS the other 70% of the market is using:

Mobile/Tablet Operating System Market Share
August, 2013

iPad: 31.29 %iPhone: 22.84 %Android 4.1: 11.35 %Java ME: 8.43 %Android 4.0: 6.16 %Android 2.3: 6.09 %BlackBerry: 3.28 %Other: 10.56 %
Operating SystemTotal Market Share
iPad 31.29%
iPhone 22.84%
Android 4.1 11.35%
Java ME 8.43%
Android 4.0 6.16%
Android 2.3 6.09%
BlackBerry 3.28%
Symbian 3.26%
Android 4.2 2.17%
Windows Phone OS 7.5 0.96%
Kindle Fire 0.85%
iPod 0.78%
Android 2.2 0.71%
Android 4.3 0.62%
Android 3.2 0.32%
Galaxy Tab 0.18%
Android 3.1 0.15%
Android 2.1 0.14%
Nook 0.12%
Bada 0.06%
Windows CE 0.04%

In the other 70% of the market, Windows users were only .03%. In 2012, for every user who bought a phone or tablet running windows, 1000 users bought a phone or tablet running Linux. 54% bought an iPhone or iPad, which runs OS X, another branch of BSD Unix (very similar to Linux). I can see why you chose to only list desktops.

While those are just the 2012 numbers, there's little doubt everybody's trending away from Windows. Dell reports a 79% plummet in PC sales in the first quarter of 2013.[1] Tablet sales will surpass desktop PC sales this year and laptops next year. [2] Microsoft was hoping that Windows8 would fill the breach, but sales are lagging behind even the horrible Windows Vista and after the first 8 months only 5% of Windows users have adopted Windows8.

In short, Windows is fading fast. Why? As younger demographics adopt new technology and want more options, Windows OS is simply not flexible enough to keep up.


Linux OS is open-source
Because Linux is freely redistributable, anyone may create a distribution for any intended use. You don't have to worry about whether you've got the right license or compatible drivers. Bug tracking is done out in the open, so everybody can see how and when a bug is getting fixed.

Linux is free
There are more than 50 distributions of Linux available for free, many designed for unique specializations. Upgrading to Windows8 cost about $120 (usually priced into the cost of a new system).

Because Linux is open-source, users everywhere are looking for and reporting security flaws. Since nobody loses money on the stock market when a security flaw is found, corrections are quick and public. Linux requires a root password to make major administrative changes, so a hacker has to find out your root password in order to do much damage. Windows permissions are relatively wide open to any user. Since Windows is generally the OS of choice for older people, who are less security savvy and tend to have more money than the young, Windows is the favorite target OS for hackers.

Linux is way, way faster. That's why 90% of the fastest 500 supercomputers run Linux, including all of the top ten. Even Microsoft developers admit that Linux kicks Windows' butt-

Let's face it, Windows is glitchy. How many times has a game or an important document frozen up on your Windows desktop? 9 times out of 10, you have to reboot and lose data back to your last save. This almost never happens on Linux. That's why the International Space Station switched from Windows to Linux this summer. [4] As a Systems Administrator, I have supported Linux systems that have run 12 years without a panic or a reboot. I don't think I've ever seen a Windows system that has lasted 12 weeks. The longer a Windows system is up, the more zombie processes build up and the more RAM gets clogged with undumped bits. Linux cleans up much nicer and lets you clean manually if necessary, so Linux systems can be up for months running as fast as they did right after reboot.

Windows is one size fits all.
In Windows, the user can easily change many settings. On a Linux Distro, though, the user can change much more. The Desktop Environment or Window Manager used, for example, is much simpler to change in Linux, and has many more available options. Think of all the default crap you hardly ever use that's listed in Windows default start menu. With Linux, if you didn't want it, you never downloaded the package to begin with. With Windows, you've got a handful of proprietary software to run certain functions and you probably have to pay for them. Think Word, Excel, etc. Linux applications are free and multitudinous. Try one version for free. If you don't like it, dump it and try another.

Vibrant, Current body of users
Linux is to OS what Wikipedia is to Encyclopedia. Everybody contributes. Sometimes the results are a little less slick than Windows, but there are major advantages. Bug fixes are a good example. Instead of waiting for months for Windows to discover and develop and test a bug without any kind of status report, bug tracking is open to everybody and is usually super quick with user input and feedback.

If it wasn't already obvious from the device sales statistics above, Linux is the future. Because of its rapid adaptability and adoptability, Linux will mutate to accommodate the next new hot device, whatever that happens to be. Windows lagged on smartphones, then it lagged on tablets. Now the unpopularity of Windows8 is driving more users to new platforms. If you want to be compatible with the rest of the world and ready for the next hot application, Linux is increasingly the best solution. Windows may not even be around to support its OS a few years from now.

Linux is free
I know, I said this one already. But this time I mean that Linux is more democratic. There is no corporate overlord deciding what will or won't be supported. There are no secrets to be kept behind closed doors. Think of how long it took for Windows to stop mandating Windows Explorer as the default browser, even after it became obviously inferior to competing browsers. That kind of authoritarianism is simple not an option in the open, democratic world of Linux.

For all of these reasons, Linux is the superior OS.


Debate Round No. 2


Sonicracer14 forfeited this round.


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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by anonymouse 3 years ago
windows is garbage, and the only reason why they dominate the market is because they give the u.s govt backdoors to the operating system
Posted by Valar_Morghulis 3 years ago
Good debate topic.

I'd rather not dump a third debate on me atm but had I some free space I'd love to take it up.
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