Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Linux or Windows

When Linos Torvalds created the Unix-like Operating System at 1991, he did not mean to create a full operating OS. He aimed to create a terminal to use the universities' Servers, which were running Unix OS.

I used to be a Microsoft Windows user for the last 10 years, and never exposed my self to Linux, ever. I was wondering, does Linux have the same problems that Windows have? If yes, why big banks and institutes, firms, and even governmental institutions rely on Linux rather than Windows? Even Linux courses, at any institute is three times expensive than MS Windows course.

I was observing some of my colleges and friends, who are fans of Linux, settings behind that black screens, with a lot of finger typed commands, to install or fix some problems in a Linux server.

All Windows fans have experienced the hang of Windows, crashing, and losing the job they have worked nights and nights.

I decided to delve in the mysterious word of Linux. I started reading about this OS, and guess what? It is something like reading a historical essay about discovering the treasure Island.

After a while, I took the decision; I decided to switch from MS Windows to Linux. Simply, It is amazing. I started noticing the speed of booting; while Windows could take two or five minutes to boot, believe it or not, Linux takes only five or seven seconds.

One of the important strength of Linux, is that Linux is 100% free. You do not need to pay to get it, in addition to the morals of Linux, that do not accept any other software or program unless it is 100% free too.

As a free software, there is a large community of developers who works as volunteers and share their time and skills to keep the continuous improvements for this great OS, and they work to develop and fund their distributions on a volunteer basis, Ubuntu being a well-known example.
Anyways, no matter how I described Linux OS, you need to try it yourself to discover the difference; speed, stability, security, and more.

In my opinion, the only disadvantage of Linux, is the learning curve. Linux is easy to learn but hard to master, You need to spend more times reading and exploring the net and available resources to discover the strength of Linux, and believe me, it worth it.