Operating System Analysis

2359 WordsFeb 16, 201310 Pages
Running head: OPERATING SYSTEMS ANALYSIS Operating Systems Analysis University of Phoenix 1 OPERATING SYSTEMS ANALYSIS 2 Operating System Analysis Linux Comparisons and Contrasts There are many differences under the hood for Linux compared to other operating systems. The thing that most people notice first is that the graphical user interface (GUI) is noticeably different from what they are used to. This interface can be customized to a higher degree in Linux than it can in Windows. There is also many distributions of Linux similar to Windows (Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, etc.) such as Ubuntu (my favorite), Kubuntu, Red Hat is a popular commercial one, there are too many variations to list and that is what makes Linux an interesting platform. Most of the distros are open source, this means there are no license fees and people are free to contribute to the build of Linux distro as they see fit. There are thousands of people that can contribute to the operating system itself. This approach allows anyone to try whichever version they like best to suit ones needs or keep it as similar as possible to a Windows desktop if they would like, thus, another reason to like Ubuntu. Linux is probably a little bit more difficult to use compared to windows because of the way Windows has been developed for easier access for people, but this nothing a person could not get used to after a little practice. Another difference is the price, as discussed earlier, normally a copy of Windows can run an individual anywhere from $89 to $149 depending on the options they pick, whereas, most Linux distros are free, but not all. This also ties into much of the software for Linux that is freely available or relatively cheap but most of Windows applications usually will cost more. OPERATING SYSTEMS ANALYSIS 3 The amount of software for
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