Comparison Between Microsoft Window 2000 and Linux

1878 Words Apr 29th, 2011 8 Pages
Comparisons between the Microsoft Windows and Linux computer operating systems are a long-running discussion topic within the personal computer industry. Throughout the entire period of the Windows systems, through the introduction of Windows 7, Windows has retained an extremely large retail sales majority among operating systems for personal desktop use, while Linux has sustained its status as the most prominent free software operating system. After their initial clash, both operating systems moved beyond the user base of the personal computer market and share a rivalry on a variety of other devices, with offerings for the server and embedded systems markets, and mobile internet access.
Linux and Microsoft Windows differ in philosophy,
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To this end, "generic" drivers may be used to provide basic functionality. Drivers can later be upgraded from the manufacturer. Linux in most distributions include the majority of drivers available as modules. They are loaded at boot without user interaction. If moving an existing installation of Linux into a new computer or changing the motherboard or other hardware components, Linux will detect and activate the new supported hardware with little or no further intervention required
Installation via Live Environments May be installed through the Windows Reinstallation Environment or BartPE, but only the former is endorsed by Microsoft. Almost all Linux distributions now have a live CD that may be used for testing, install or recovery
User Focus Microsoft continually pushes for consistency between releases with guidelines for interface design. Their focus is on consistency and usability, but with increased concern for safety in new versions. Some inconsistencies may appear when using programs targeted for different desktop environments.

Hardware the OS runs on Windows NT used to run on MIPS CPUs until Microsoft changed their mind. It also used to run on Alpha CPUs, again, until Microsoft changed their mind. Linux runs on many different hardware platforms, not so with Windows, It runs on a very wide range of
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