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Unix vs Windows

Dear Experts, is that true UNIX/Linux is more suitable for mainframes and minicomputers whereas Microsoft Windows is more suitable for personal computers?  I'm doing research for my company's project, can some one please give me some information and arguments. Thank you.
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kiirowei
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gheistCommented:
Windows is single-user system historically. So it fits one-user computer better. So it has much more gaming features.
On the other hand UNIX historically required great expertise to get it running. In the end it runs rock stable.
Now those imposed borders between separate domains get dissolved.

You have to look whether one or another serves its purpose in your environment. In my environment Mandrake Enterprise servers are used to slash costs on server end, with computers still running differnet arts of Windows.
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biraCommented:
In my oppinion Unix/Linux is better for servers.
Windows is better only for desktops.
In my company all the Oracle database servers are
Linux.
But as desktop Linux still donĀ“t offer anything like Windows.
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gheistCommented:
What is that anything like? Gamez? Warez?
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arthurjbCommented:

As said above unix was designed for server and multi-tasking use.

Windows was designed as an add-on to dos.

The only reason (in my opinion) that windows is even used for servers is because of the huge marketing done by its creators.

If you look through the answers in the unix sections here, I don't think you will find very many expert answers telling the questioner to reformat and reload the system.  

Yet look at the answers in the windows section, it seems to be the most common answer.

There is a falacy among less educated IT managers that unix servers have a higher cost of operation than windows servers, yet if you look closely and factor in everything, unix is the cheapest and has the highest uptime.  The major cause of this misbelief is that unix people are usually better educated, and so cost more.  A large number of windows operators have no formal training.  (No this is not a shot at windows folks, they certainly are not less smart, its just that many have not been to formal IT training.)

The uptime calculations are often skewed by not including the fact that many changes that need to be made in windows cause the machine to have to be rebooted.  The same changes made to unix machines do not require rebooting.

It is not uncommon for unix machines (with proper backup power) to run for years without a reboot.
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gheistCommented:
> with proper backup power

With dual power inputs....
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arthurjbCommented:
>With dual power inputs....

Not necessarly.  I know folks who use a 15 year old Sparc 20 as a dns server, the only time it has ever been off or rebooted is when the backup power failed...
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