Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Windows vs Linux - Almost everything you do in linux you can do equally efficiently in Windows.

With all due respect to  Linux, Linux Distros, Google, Open Source Communities, Open Source Lovers and Developers, Linux User Groups and NetTech team, I would like to say that Windows indeed is a wonderful Operating System and when it comes to GUI and approach to user comfort its much better than Linux, as it makes almost everything a cake walk for an average user.



I have heard people talking about Linux and compare it with Windows. I regularly hear these statements:
  1. Its Command Prompt that makes Linux special. 
  2. If you can work with linux you can work with any OS.
  3. Linux is smart since its case sensitive when it comes to commands and directory/file names.
  4. One can do 'this' with/in Linux but not with/in Windows.
  5. Windows is for dumb users
  6. Windows is Dumb!
  7. etc etc

Well, let me ask you a few questions:
  1. In this era of advanced User Interface Design do you really want to work all time with command prompt? I agree its fancy sometimes, but all times?
  2. This is the time of surface technology, LCDs and touch-screens you still want to sit and type commands instead of using the advanced GUI features?
  3. Do you really know Windows well - when you put up claims that 'This can't be done in/with Windows'?
  4. Do you not understand that Windows and Linux are simply two different ideologies?
  5. If everything is same on Linux and Windows would you not complain that Windows has copied from Linux?
  6. Does an average user care about how exactly the command works? Just like these days we use IDEs (Integrated Development Environment) instead of the command line compilers and debuggers, what's wrong in using a full featured GUI provided by Windows?
  7. Would you say that people should begin everything from scratch - lets say for example websites instead of using templates and/or tools like Wordpress?

    I have observed that people who make these statements are (most often):
    • People who do not have much idea about windows. 
    • People who do not like to pay for software and/or Operating System.
    • People who just want to promote Linux(for their own benefit) and the best way to do that it so criticize windows.
    • People who feel more comfortable with command prompt and traditional computing facilities and are either afraid or reluctant to explore the new world.


    So my dear friends let me make it very clear that Almost everything you do in linux you can do equally efficiently in Windows!

    I've decided to post a series of blog-posts on the same. Stay tuned and you'll see for yourself how things can be done, how windows have made everything look so simple and how beautiful windows really is!

      20 comments:

      1. Some things are easier and faster with the GUI, but some other things are easier and faster with the console. An Example? Shell scripts. Also, starting programs that do not have icons on your desktop.

        Another aspect is compatibility. Old programs (e.g. the *Windows* video game Gothic) works better on Linux than it does on the new Windows 7. Old Linux programs are also more likely to work even 20 years later.

        A more ethical reason is Microsoft's stance concerning Free and Open Source software. A good example are the Halloween Documents. One might argue that they do not represent the opinion of the entire company, but when looking at what Microsoft has done to OpenGL some time ago, they probably do.

        The fact that you almost never require the console on Windows makes it easier to learn. All in all, I still prefer Linux.

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      2. windows is user's friendly ang also virus friendly too.. so if you want stable web server you don't want viruses on it... linux the best for servers and windows is for users that wants wirus too...

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      3. The author doesn't seem to know what they are talking about, at least, if they did they would use better examples. (Command prompt/terminal?)

        This article doesn't cover anything, and I agree that a lot can be done in Windows better than in linux. Even then, however, you didn't really cover any of that. You're targeting people who will be swayed by superficial features.

        But you can guess what I use.

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      4. @florian.plez, john, ray
        Thank you very much for your insightful comments. I am really appreciate the fact that you not only took the time to go through the post but also took the additional pain of commenting on it. Very few people do that.

        I am just a student and hence I can not argue on anything you say. It seems to me that you all are quite learned and hence I request you to write a few posts and share with people, that will benefit the community.

        However, I would like to mention two things -
        1. The title of the Article is 'Everything you can do in Linux you can do equally efficiently in Windows.' It is not about Microsoft or ethical reasons or viruses or anything.

        2. This article also states that it is the first in the series of the articles. A few have been posted later. And the article begins with the very basic for an average user.

        P.S. I thought of contacting you guys for further information on the same, however, all of you have your blogger profiles private. I would like to get in touch with you and know your real names. Can you please mail me at vishal.gupta172@gmail.com ?

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      5. Linux is better that windows
        Because windows servers can easily hack.
        Linux has best security firewall. and one day Linux will be in all over world

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      6. @Sachin Mahale.

        Thanks for sharing your opinions with us (me & the readers).

        If linux is as secure as you claim, even I would like to see everything running on Linux. However, as Mr McFee blogged yesterday... major corporations (even those running on Linux) are being hacked!

        Also, I was wondering about something called SEL! Security Enhanced Linux. Well, that is a good thing, ain't it? Security enhanced Linux... but if Linux is so secure, why do they need a 'Security Enhanced' version? Can you please let me know. Also, windows being Closed Source, has its Kernal well protected :)

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      7. Vishal Grupta let me tell you the only reason Linux can be unsecure is because they fail to keep up with updates. As for the rest of you, I also think Windows is a great OS BUT I think Microsoft fails in a few areas such as bootup speed...I can load up a Linux OS with a bunch of crap and it still runs great. As for Windows, all you have to do is use it regularly and it clogs up. Seriously, Microsoft needs to have Linux on their side if they want to have a better OS. sachin mahale, you seem to have the same mindframe as me...try making a Windows desktop look like whatever hell you want. Ya, not possibly, at least not for free. For all you Windows lovers out there, you'll just have to tell Microsoft what needs to be done to Windows, while all of the Linux guys like me do that ourselves. You've entered a dangerous debate, and you have a point but not exactly.

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      8. What, are you stupid or something? If Windows kernel was so "well-protected", why are there over 2 million different malwares for Windows?

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      9. WINDOWS IS THE KING..

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      10. I use Linux because it is easier. I never have to defrag, I never have to think about viruses. I very rarely use the command prompt. If I want to install new software, I just go to the Software Repository and tick the ones I want. They will install automatically. If I don't want some software any more, I just remove the tick, and it automatically uninstalls, leaving no mess behind whatsoever.

        And all without having to pay anything to anybody.

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      11. @Kumera: please find the other side of your logic in the points below-

        1. I use Linux because it is easier.
        I use Windows 7 because I feel that is easier. I have used Ubuntu,Fedora, RedHat (latest versions)

        2. I never have to defrag,
        Never do I. It gets done automatically in Win7

        3. I never have to think about viruses
        Neither do I! I have been using Win7 since 2009 and I have never used any anti-virus. Win7 was a leap ahead. earlier windows had virus issues. Not windows 7.

        4.I very rarely use the command prompt. If I want to install new software, I just go to the Software Repository and tick the ones I want. They will install automatically. If I don't want some software any more, I just remove the tick, and it automatically uninstalls, leaving no mess behind whatsoever.

        Well, You go to software repository... I go to Control Panel. Also, I am sure not all the software in the world is preinstalled in Linux. you need to have a local repository on LAN or connected to the internet and run a commant like sudo -s aptget update or something like that...

        Moreover, I just need to click on a setup file to install any software I want without any need for the internet.

        5. And all without having to pay anything to anybody.
        I clearly mentioned in my blog-
        I have observed that people who make these statements are (most often):
        # People who do not have much idea about windows.
        # People who do not like to pay for software and/or Operating System.

        Think of it. You use Mobile Phones. Now if you won't pay to the company, who will pay people working behind it? I work in Samsung and imagine people asking for Galaxy free? My job is to make the software... how will samsung pay me if you don't pay for it?

        similarly.. who will pay people working in microsoft? Won't it destroy the economy of many nations?

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      12. How does my not making a financial contribution to a monopolistic company destroy the economy of many nations? I can think of many more suitable and deserving recipients of my financial donations.

        Otherwise, there seems to be no other advantage available to me in switching to Microsoft. Why should I bother?

        If there is some software for which there is no free version, and I need it, then I would pay for it. But there seems to be little sense in supporting a more expensive competitor over a less expensive, or free one, that will willingly provide exactly what I want without putting its hand in my wallet. Why should I pay someone else to duplicate what has already been provided free of charge? I would rather pay that person to do something useful.

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      13. @Kumera: You are getting it all wrong mate. There's Microsoft, then there is Apple & others. All these companies charge for Software. Small Software like Internet Download Manager are also charged by the developers.

        I am not asking you to pay to Microsoft. But lets see how economy of various nations will be destroyed. Lets say suddenly Microsoft shuts down. How will one create the employment for lakhs of people? I am talking about Microsoft employees as well as employees of other companies which run on Microsoft technologies?

        Moreover, in my blog I did not ask anyone to switch to windows. Neither did I declare Windows to be better than Linux. My post is just what is said it is - "Everything you can do in Linux you can do equally efficiently in Windows"

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      14. Vishal, have you ever used Linux at all. I don't believe your claim. I have used linux on server since 1999. I have used linux as a Desktop over 5 years now and I am not complaining. My laptop dual boot to vista and ubuntu, and, I enjoy using both. Command line is best to admin remote server. I have tried to do maintenance with remote desktop to my home pc in us from austrlia but it was so slow that it would not load anything after login screen. But, I can do everything on my linux box remotely.

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      15. If you say windows is better than the Open-Source Linux (That the best programmers joined to support it) Then you lack experience in computers. Also, Linux is used in many other devices besides Computers, since it is Open-Source.

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      16. @Anonymous Nov25: First of all, thanks for your input on the topic. It doesn't matter if you believe or not that I have used Linux. I can probably show you some RedHat Certification, but since you are anonymous there's no point.

        Moreover I feel sorry for you that you are using Windows Vista. Its the worst operating system to use. Its era of Windows 8 and Windows 7, why the hell would you be using Vista?

        Moreover, if you need to do remote login to your home PC I suggest you use Windows 7. GUI has its own advantages and it can't be denied. You want to work with old things you are most welcome. I prefer jumping into new technologies.

        Its era of iPhone and Galaxy and Lumia, would it make sense to use Nokia 1100?

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      17. @Anonymous Dec4: If you believe that I said Windows is better than Linux, you lack experience in Communication and English language.

        I just said everything you do in Linux can be done in Windows. I never said windows is better or linux is better.

        The best programmers joined to support it? How do you define best programmers?

        Windows (read Closed=source) and Linux(read Open-source) are like two poles of the earth which keep the magnetic field intact. If either of them is destroyed survival will not be possible.

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      18. @Vishal Gupta
        Ok you win. Have a happy go with windows 7.

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      19. This article seems to be more about the author's experience with linux users rather than linux vs windows.
        Would have been a worthwile read if author actually provided some evidence as to why windows is better and not vaguely write that almost everything that can be done on windows can be done on linux I can think of a hell lot of things that cant be

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      20. this article seems to be more about your experiences with linux users rather than being one about linux vs windows.
        Would have been a worthwile read had u mentioned any evidences to support your claim rather than just writing almost everything can be done on windows too. I can think of a hell lot of things that cant be done on windows

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