March 3, 2016

When looking for the best Operating System, two of the most popular choices are Windows and Linux. Today we’ll be comparing the operating systems and looking at which OS is best.

Price – One of the biggest factors when choosing an OS is cost.
  • Windows usually costs at least $100.
  • Most Linux distributions are free. Linux is also Open Source, allowing anyone to view the source code or modify it to create their own distribution.
Support
  • Windows has far more accessible support services and is well documented. Information is easy to access and is well compiled. Windows also has regular updates and is supported directly by Microsoft.
  • There’s far more documentation for Linux than any other OS. However, the information is more fragmented, and not as easy to access. Updates to Linux aren’t as regular as Windows updates, as many distributions are managed by small teams or volunteers.
Ease of Use
  • Windows is a bit easier to use than Linux and supports the most software. It’s built to be user-friendly and hassle free. It’s great for daily use, or for anyone who doesn’t have much experience with computers.
  • Most Linux distributions aren’t as user-friendly as Windows. Although they’re getting close. If you’re looking for an easy to use Linux distribution, then Ubuntu is a great choice and is quite popular. It’s also nearly as easy to use as Windows.

Software/ Hardware
  • Windows has far more software available, and the majority of games are only compatible with Windows. However, high-quality software is rarely free. Although there are many free pieces of software for Windows.
  • Linux has less software than Windows, but even high-quality Linux software is often free.While Linux is able to support the majority of hardware with the correct driver support, a lot of hardware is still only supported on Windows Operating Systems.
Security
  • Due to the immense popularity of Windows, and the simpler version system, most malware is targeted toward Windows. The fact that most user accounts on Windows systems have Admin privileges by default also allows malware to have a greater effect on the system.
  • With the much smaller user base, far fewer malicious programs are made to target Linux. Linux is also Open Source, allowing security holes to be patched quickly. Also, user accounts never have administrative privileges by default, severely limiting the damage most malware can do.

 

It is far easier to find support for Windows operating system and software than Linux. There are Linux / Unix consulting companies, like LOD.com, that specialize in these environments. However, Windows is far more user friendly, and most versions are more readily available. Both operating systems have their pros and cons. Deciding which system is best depends on your computer knowledge and ability to learn.