Comparisons and Contrasts of Windows Ce, Windows Xp, and Linux

3869 Words Apr 18th, 2007 16 Pages
Introduction There has been an ongoing battle in recent years within the technology arena between the relative merits of Microsoft 's Windows versus the open source platforms, Linux being one of them. Typically, discussions center around desktops or servers but an area often overlooked is embedded systems. Examples of such systems are industrial machines, automobiles, medical equipment, and specialized devices. "With the growing ubiquity of smart devices, the device arena offers action every bit as intense" (LinuxDevices). Both Windows and Linux offer solutions for specialized areas that include devices such as PDAs or handhelds, mobile phones, audio/video applications, even robots. Even though Linux has become more unified under Open …show more content…
Ability to run DLLs in parallel by storing them in different folders during installs. This eliminates the old "DLL Hell" associated with Windows NT.
Recovery – With the new System Restore (the ability to define Restore points), a PC can easily roll back any system or application changes without losing files and other valuable information (Microsoft, 2007a).
XP Pro x64: Windows XP Professional x64 (XP Pro x64) is XP Pro on steroids. XP x64 is "based on Windows Server 2003 and supports AMD 's AMD64 64-bit extension of the Intel IA-32 architecture" and was released on April 25, 2005 (Wikipedia). One enticing feature of XP Pro x64 is its huge memory support increase. XP Pro x64 is a 64-bit system rather than the standard 32-bit system of XP Pro. This 64-bit architecture increases RAM memory limits from 4 gigabytes (GB) to 128 GB and increases virtual memory from 4 GB to 16 terabytes (TB). System cache also makes a huge jump from 1 GB to 1 TB. On paper, this would mean the ability to accomplish tasks unheard of with 32-bit system, if not for some serious downsides. In some real-world tests, the promise has not lived up to the hype, at least not yet. In CNET tests, XP Pro x64 had in fact lower bench tests when compared to XP Pro (32bit). Furthermore, according to users there exist many compatibility issues due to lack of suitable drivers as "older 32-bit drivers and services are not supported by 64-bit
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