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The Fundamental Differences Between Linux and Windows (Part Two)

written by: rfreshour•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 10/21/2008

Article one of this two part series covered the cost and security differences of these two operating systems. Now find out about the programming and printing differences and capabilities of each system.

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    Programming and Printing Capabilities

    In the first article of this two part series, we covered some of the fundamental differences between the Linux and Windows operating systems, including the difference in the cost of the operating systems and what security issues you might encounter with each. We are now going to look at some of the programming and printing capabilities and differences of these two systems.

    Linux is an open source operating system. It is user customizable, allowing you to change code and add programs to personalize your computer to fit your individual needs. You cannot change anything on a Windows operating system. What you buy is what you get, including the programs you may not need or want and without the programs you do need. This also means that the two operating systems are not interchangeable. A program written on Linux cannot be run on Windows and a Windows program cannot be run on Linux.

    If you are looking for an operating system that easily allows you to transfer files to another or a new computer, Linux should be your choice. Linux stores all of your user data in a home directory, keeping it in one place for easier back-up and transferability. Windows allows programs to store user information anywhere, making it harder to back-up user data files and settings.

    When it comes to printing, Windows will allow you more versatility and availability in the printers that you have to choose from. Windows is used on most computers, which in turn means there are more printer drivers available for Windows than there are for Linux. This does not mean that you cannot use a printer with Linux, however. It only means that the drivers and printer compatibilities are harder to find.

    The choice between using a Linux operating system and a Windows operating system can at times be hard, especially when most computers now come with Windows as the standard operating system. Most users that use Linux will stay with Linux. Most users that use Windows will stay with Windows. Windows comes installed and ready to use on most computers, with little choice of how it works and what programs it provides. The Linux operating system gives you the versatility to choose the programs that your computer provides for you. Be sure to take the time and do the research on both before making the decision of which will be best for you.

The Fundamental Differences Between Linux and Windows

This two part series will show you the fundamental difference between the Linux and Windows Operating Systems, including which is the best choice for printing, programming abilities, cost and security issues that each may experience.
  1. The Fundamental Differences Between Linux and Windows
  2. The Fundamental Differences Between Linux and Windows (Part Two)