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Windows vs. Linux

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Introduction

Windows vs. Linux By Rhys Williams The battle of operating systems has always been a personal choice for the user, whether it be Mac, UNIX, Windows or even Novell most computer users will have a preference. Being the default operating system for the majority of computer users, Microsoft Windows has the favourable trait of familiarity, however the Linux operating system from UNIX has always been highly regarded and this essay seeks to evaluate both systems against each other in an attempt to find the better. The way in which this will be done is against some of Shneiderman's "Eight Golden Rules of Interface Design", as this is a publically recognised design basis. The first of the design principles that the operating systems will be tested against is consistency. ...read more.

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While both Linux and Windows have their own systems for feedback (Linux being more of an online community, while Windows having a system help built into their operating systems), both are quite adequate for a user of any level or competency. Another aspect of competency in which both operating systems seem to excel in is the ability for it to yield closure. This is the aspect of saving, making changes, and setting defaults in the confidence they will stay the way the user left them. As mentioned previously, both operating systems have reasonably good outputs for this, however Windows constant need to reboot does bring its user confidence down. However one aspect where a balance of user control and system regulators can be an individual preference; error handling can be a defining feature in an operating system. ...read more.

Conclusion

setup Many glitches and requires regular reboots Cost Linux: Pros: Great customization abilities Wide support basis / community on the internet Free to download Fewer limitations Very secure (from viruses) Stable system (little to no reboots needed) Cons: Difficult to use Difficult to navigate Intermediate computer knowledge needed to run To determine the better of the operating systems, a second variable: User Level must be added. From the information gathered, Windows is and probably always will be the best choice for first time and beginner computer users, with its easy-to-navigate database and inbuilt support help it is obvious that Microsoft's goal was to target this demographic. Linux however would be recommended to intermediate and expert computer users with ability (or knowledge) of scripting and command-prompt based navigation. Linux also would provide these users with fewer limitations of the OS, enabling them to do more things. ...read more.

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