Re: Linux vs windows?
As for the Windows XP v Linux thing, it depends who's using it, and what it's going to do.
For a home desktop, I definatly would say Windows XP. All software in shops is written for it, it's much easier to use (Some may say not, but really, I moved from the Commodore to Win3.1 then to Win95 without a hitch, Linux still gives me a bit of bother). People also say that Linux is more secure than Windows, I don't know, from what I heard in group tests, Linux is the least secure with Apple PC's as being the most.
There is no point in Linux on the home desktop for all home PC's. People want to go out and buy a game or a piece of software, install it and let it run no problems - not needing to go through 3 or 4 bash commands (that could be differnet for every situation) for compiling and installing a peice of Open Source equivilent (Not that I say there's anything wrong with it, just certain things you can't get). Home user's want ease, a sleek consistant GUI and compatibility. No matter what you say, Windows wins hands down.
Also, as far as stability goes, yip, past MS OS's were dodgy (Especially WinME IMHO), but as far as I'm concerend, Windows XP is as stable as a rock.
As far as pricing goes, I can get WinXP Home and MCE2005 for £55 - not bad, about 5% of what some peoples systems cost on this forum (Also, some Linux Distributions charge more than this).
For servers and such likes though, Linux I would go for straight away. Once it's set up, there's nothing you need to do to it. Why go the MS way on this front when you have a FTP/HTTPS/POP/SMTP....etc for free or for very little - definatly a lot more fexibility.
If you were asking weather or not to got Linux or Windows on your own desktop, then give it a try and see if it does what you want it to do. My view on Linux for the desktop is just general view for the average computer user.
To sum up, Windows for the desktop, Linux for servers.
Well, thats my point of view anyway and please don't flame me for it.
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