Comparison of Linux/Unix and Windows Xp

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Introduction When an organization decides to invest in an operating system, there are many considerations to take into account. Cost-benefit analysis would play a large part in making such a decision. Market share could also play a part. A company, whose products are more readily available and supported, might seem like a more solid platform to go with. On the, other hand, market share is not all telling, and in some cases can hide the best kept Information Technology secrets. Another item an organization will take into account when making these decisions would be hardware requirements. Understanding exactly what will be required to run the operating system is absolutely necessary to make an informed decision. Other items to …show more content…
Microsoft allows a single copy of Windows to be used on only one computer and starting with Windows XP, Microsoft uses software to enforce this rule. In contrast, Linux, once purchased, can be run on any number of computers for no additional charge.
Cost estimates for the upgrade edition of Windows XP Home Edition is approximately $100; XP Professional, $200; the "full" version of XP Home, $200; and the full version of XP Professional is $300. Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition with 10 Client licenses is approximately $1,100. Wal-Mart while saving approximately $100 on the cost of Windows bundled into its computers, can sell an inexpensive Windows XP computer for approximately $300. However, it can sell a comparable Linux based computer for $200 (without a monitor).
Market Share
On the server front, UNIX has been closing in on Microsoft 's market share for a few years. In 1999, Linux scooted past Novell 's Netware to become the number two server operating system behind Windows NT. In 2001, the market share for the Linux operating system was 25% and other UNIX systems weighed in at approximately 12%. On the client front, as has been the case for a number of years, Microsoft is currently dominating the operating system market with over 90% of the market share.
Because of Microsoft 's aggressive marketing practices, millions of users who have no in-depth knowledge of an
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