Linux or Windows. Which Operating Software Should You Choose?

Linux or Windows? It’s an age-old debate in the web world, with almost as much gravity as the debate over how to eat a scone – jam then cream, or cream then jam?
Linux or Windows. Which Operating Software Should You Choose?

So, Linux or Windows? What exactly are they? To put it simply, they are both a type of software, responsible for handling the communication between your computer’s software and hardware.

It sounds pretty vague, but when you break the role of an operating system down, you realise that without an operating system, your computer or laptop simply would not function.

What is an Operating System?

Operating systems (OS) are responsible for; providing a user interface, managing your computer’s memory, allowing your computer to multi-task and run multiple applications at one time, dealing with your computer’s central processing unit and running security software.

So, you need an operating system, therefore you need to decide on either Linux or Windows – whether you like debates or not. This might all sound like jargon, better suited to tech geniuses, but – believe it or not – even beginners need to get their heads around operating systems, as the OS which you choose will completely shape your tech experience.

There are tonnes of differences between Windows and Linux, but the essential difference is that Linux is free of cost and Microsoft is not. Sure, money isn’t everything and there are plenty of other important factors to consider (which we will go into), but in the same breath, money does kind of make the world go around, so it’s an important influence in the debate. 

Its also good to note that Linux and Windows are both operating systems for web servers. Most of The Best Web Hosting Companies offer one or both as a choice on their hosting packages.

Linux Operating System

So, what actually is Linux? As we mentioned previously, it’s an operating system, therefore manages the communication between your computer’s hardware and software.

linux operating system screenshot for linux or windows comparison

However, Linux is also so much more than this. In addition to powering your computer, it controls your Android phones, tablets, Smart TVs and essentially any other ‘Smart device’ you own which is powered by Android. Pretty impressive. 

The term ‘Linux’ refers to the entire body of software which makes up an operating system, but there are multiple parts to this body, which vary between Linux and Windows.

Linux is made up of the following pieces; Bootloader, Kernel, Init System, Daemons, Graphical Server, Desktop Environment and Applications. Don’t worry if that all sounds a little mind-boggling – these are computing terms which newbies to the tech world are not expected to know. 

Linux Features

What you really want to find out is what features Linux offer, so let’s explore them. One interesting feature of Linux is the fact that, unlike Windows, it is open source, meaning under Linux you have free reign to change, modify and distribute its software, making it a kind of community project.

In addition to this, Linux has a sleek and modern user interface, making it super easy and enjoyable to use. It has a great performance reputation, and many web reviewers have noticed that it crashes considerably less than Windows, which is worth bearing in mind.

Linux also has a plethora of great (and free) applications and with a strong security and privacy policy, you can feel safe using Linux.

Windows Operating Software

Once the leader of the operating system game, Windows has suffered in the past few years, living somewhat in the shadow of Linux.

windows operating system screenshot for linux or windows comparison

However, if, as a complete novice, you were asked to name a computer software, the first thing that would come to mind is probably Windows, and there has to be something behind that.

It is an incredibly popular operating software and probably the go-to for most web users. Its popularity means that its interface is most likely recognisable to users, meaning it is pretty easy to navigate.

However, just because it is likely that we all started out our computer journey using Windows, it does not mean that we should continue this journey with Windows. There is a reason Linux is rising in popularity and sometimes you just can’t teach an old dog new tricks. 

Windows Features

In terms of features, Windows Operating Software is made up of; a control panel, Cortana, a desktop, Internet browser, a Disk Clean-up, a File Explorer, a Device Manager…the list could go on. Both Linux and Windows have a tonne of features, many of which go unnoticed during the user experience.

However, the question is which Operating system’s features are better. Well, Windows has a higher number of recognisable features – things like Adobe Photoshop, brilliant software which is designed in a similar way to other applications, such as Microsoft Word, making it easy for first time users to navigate.

Despite this, the question of cost arises, as when weighing up the added cost of Windows against the features of Linux, it seems as though you pay a lot more for Windows, without receiving many more features.

In terms of cost, Windows 10 comes in at £99 (if you don’t already have a genuine version of either Windows 7 or 8.1), with Windows Pro costing £131. Those prices are a considerable jump up from Linux’ free option, meaning if your website is small in size and scope, perhaps Windows is not the operating system for you.

However, if you have a large website, which requires high security and industry standard features, Windows is worth your time – although we are still in the process of questioning whether Windows is worth the hefty price tag.

Conclusion

Which is it then, Linux or Windows? Well when you consider just how responsible your operating system is for the smooth functioning of your computer, choosing which operating system is right for you is a pretty important decision.

Without an operating system, your computer simply would not function, and with the wrong operating system, it won’t perform to the correct standards.

Furthermore, before deciding on which operating system, you need to be secure that you have gone with the right software. This is because the process of transferring from one operating software to another can be fairly complicated – certainly not for the faint-hearted newbie.

Our advice is as follows; firstly, think about what you need from an operating system, secondly, do further research into the pros and cons of Linux and Windows (you will probably find that most of the internet agrees with us that Linux is a cut above Windows), and finally make your decision with confidence – and stick to it! 

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