Linux and Windows

What are the advantages and disadvantages of Linux relative to the Windows operating system?
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AGBConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Depending on your need

Good religion war question, however IMHO:

Linux: way more stable, memory protection, security, server class apps, hands on, source code available, exciting if computers get you off, hackerdom if you wish.

Windows: tons of user space apps and games available, easier to use, more hardware support, usually comes pre-installed.


There's no comparison. Both are completely distinct things that have nothing to do with each other. It could be said that Linux is the server, while Windows is the client.
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to EatEmAndSmile: good solution
As well as exist different versions of Windows.

As server:

Linux not best solution for file-print sharing.

Windows NT not best solution for other area...

Comparing this OSes as application servers depend with concrete application.
Well, I've never tested Linux as a print server, but as a file server it runs perfectly. I've set up a blind machine (no video, no keyboard, no mouse, no user interference) with Linux and a 18Gb HD. It works as a fileserver for the local network that has about 20 machines plugged in, between them two Macintoshes that access the files without a problem. I don't remember even telneting the server for months.

 As I'm not the kind of guy that has a purpose for printing, I couldn't tell about Linux as a print server, though.
Linux is free (some but not all).
Linux is more stable than Windows.
Linux already includes lot of Internet Servers like News, Mail, WWW, FTP, ...
Windows is easy to use but more trouble.
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