Linux vs Windows; the good, the bad, and the ugly

Linux vs Windows; the good, the bad, and the ugly
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When you're thinking about installing an operating system on your computer, you are met with two options; Windows or Linux. Usually, this creates troubles for users, as they do not know which to choose. In this blog post, we will go over the pros and cons of each.

Pros of Microsoft Windows

  1. User friendly interface: Windows provides users with a very comfortable graphical user interface (GUI) that anyone can navigate.
  2. Compatibility: Windows is compatible with a very wide range of hardware and software, making it the industry standard in Business and Personal computer systems.
  3. Gaming: Windows is preferred by most gamers, as the highest amount of gaming software is supported under windows and DirectX
  4. Technical Support: Windows has a much larger consumer base and is also relied on heavily by businesses to run, so it is easy to find solutions to problems.

Cons of Microsoft Windows

  1. Security: Windows is prone to catching viruses and malware, and due to its large consumer base; is heavily targeted.
  2. Cost: Windows licenses can cost upwards of $100, making it a very costly operating system especially for those who need multiple copes.
  3. Privacy: Microsoft collects a lot of user data on windows users, which many users find invasive.
  4. Updates: Windows updates are frequent and bloated, and can get in the way of your workflow.

Pros of Linux

  1. Open-source: Linux is an open source software, meaning that the source code can be accessed and modified by anyone.
  2. Security: Linux is considered to be more secure than windows, due to being less vulnerable to viruses and malware.
  3. Customization: Linux is very flexible with its graphical user interface (GUI), and allows users to tailor its look to their own needs.
  4. Stability: Linux is known for being stable and reliable, making it a very popular choice for servers and other crucial applications .

Cons of Linux

  1. User interface: Linux is considerably less user friendly than Windows, as it requires commands for many basic tasks.
  2. Compatibility: Some hardware and software does not support Linux, which makes usage difficult in some cases.
  3. Technical support: Linux has a smaller user base, which can make it hard to find basic fixes
  4. Gaming: Linux is not well suited for gaming, due to a lack of support from game developers

To conclude, the choice between Windows and Linux depends on your own specific wants and needs. While Windows may be a better choice for gamers and businesses who require compatibility and viable technical support, Linux is a better choice for users who prioritize security, stability, and the ability to make the operating system your own.