[opensource] Linux vs. Windows

Charlie Hayes hayes.465 at osu.edu
Wed Oct 25 11:41:36 EDT 2006

At this point the general security of Windows is about the same as  
GNU/Linux system.

The time and energy spent on installing, updating, and maintaining a  
GNU/Linux system is arguably much greater than the time spent on the  
same tasks in Windows or MacOS.

I would advise continuing in Windows. You should keep your  
instillation of Windows up-to-date using Windows Update and make sure  
to install Windows Defender and keep it up-to-date.

If you are extremely concerned with security, usability, and  
compatibility, you may consider getting a Mac, however it will cost  
you at least $700.

GNU/Linux would be a nice choice for 'tinkering', playing around, and  
learning a Unix-like operating system.

Either way, I believe abandoning GNU/Linux for personal and desktop  
use would be the best choice, at least until any distribution  
achieves a level of maturity that Windows or MacOS has achieved.

-Charlie Hayes

On Oct 25, 2006, at 11:20 AM, BRIAN SWANEY wrote:
> I'm finding Linix to be very confusing, having only understood  
> computers for a few months. The incompatibility with teachers'  
> computers is adding to the frustration a little too. Microsoft's  
> security, however, resembles that of already digested burritos,  
> making it a risky choice. I value security, but I'm not sure if  
> Linux is for me (at least not right now), but I'm not sure. What  
> would you suggest for someone who has had a computer for only 4-5  
> months, to return to Windows for simplicity sake, or continue with  
> Linux  for security and tough it out by learning the harder one in  
> the beginning (note that neither of the OS's content is deleted yet)?
> -Brian Swaney
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