The operating system that I use for work runs on Windows 7 Enterprise and for work purposes it works well. I am in the Army so money is typically no issue when acquiring tech support from the Microsoft end as well as through here at work. If I did work for a smaller company, I might be more open to utilizing Linux into the work place. I am no expert, but I have been experimenting with the Ubunto system.
One of the main differences that is clear is that Window’s 7 is a product of Microsoft which uses NT as its kernel. In order to use Windows you must pay for the product and the support, but it must be noted that most updates are free but newer versions are not. Also a great plus for Ubunto is free ...view middle of the document...
While both systems are deemed as user friendly, I seem to have a harder time with Ubunto, but I think that may be due to the many years of experience of using Windows that has led to that situation. Another key difference is that there is lots of software out there for Microsoft products. When you purchase the software you can be assured that the software will install perfectly. There is no promise with Ubunto that software will be compatible. This is a chance you take when working with open source, but it can also be a positive. Since it is open source, it allows a person to mess with the configurations and customize it to their own taste.
These two systems have so many differences that it is difficult to come up with many similarities. The reasoning why is that they have two vastly different philosophical ideas, Windows code is only available for a few individuals to see while Linux allows anyone with the knowhow, to see the code and manipulate it to their needs. The two systems do both allow a command line interface, both allow multiple users, and have different versions of software.
Ubunto and Windows are both excellent systems that have fans in many spectrums. It all comes down to technological skill. A new user that does not have much of the skill might want to stick with Windows, since it is easy to install and use. A person who has the time and skill to implement the Ubunto system will be pleased with it since it is a workhorse that is customized to fit the user’s needs.
1. The first schema is a Unix hierarchy
2. The second schema is a Windows hierarchy