[opensource] Linux vs. Windows

Charlie Hayes hayes.465 at osu.edu
Wed Oct 25 13:25:15 EDT 2006

On Oct 25, 2006, at 1:11 PM, BRIAN SWANEY wrote:

> I don't understand Macs either, although $700 sounds pretty cheap  
> (this Dell was $1,000). I don't really have the money to go out and  
> buy another computer. I understand they have some compatibility  
> issues too.

There are practically no compatibility issues with Macs.

> What/Where is "Windows Defender"?

You should not be asking questions like this. You should go to  
Google, type in your question minus the where/what (in this example,  
"Windows Defender") and then look at the results. In this example,  
any of the first 3 links will get you to where you need to go. It  
would be very helpful for you to learn how to use Google. Not only  
will it save us time (not that we have a problem helping you), but  
you will be able to find answers to your questions on your own almost  

> I think the tinkering thing is a judgment call I can't make. I'm  
> minoring in CSE, so it depends on what kind of tinkering I'd do  
> there. Would I be better off with Linux or Windows in CSE?

Linux would be an excellent choice because you get the GNU toolchain  
built-in. Many CSE courses make use of these tools. However, you can  
get the entire toolchain in Windows using CYGWIN.


> -Brian Swaney
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Charlie Hayes <hayes.465 at osu.edu>
> Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2006 8:41 am
> Subject: Re: [opensource] Linux vs. Windows
>> 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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