Windows or Linux?
Every choir shouted Linux a safe, efficient and, in addition, a free alternative to the Windwos environment. The following text will help you decide if you want to switch to a new operating system.
Every choir has called Linux a safe, efficient and, in addition, a free alternative to the Windows environment. The following material will help you decide if you want to go to a new operating system.
An exciting game between the Windows team and the eleventh of the Linux camp. Although Windows has the advantage of playing on its own pitch, because it is preinstalled on most computers, however, Linux sends a young and very ambitious team to the battle. While the Linux players have ranks for the sport and enjoyment of the game, Windows team players are real professionals, getting more and more highs. Still, they do not watch too well their own penalty area. There is no player in the gate that would protect her from viruses, worms and Trojans.
Individual editions of Windows contain a strictly defined number of applications. This is not the case with Linux, where the software is distributed with the distributor. The version comes from a distribution system that occupies up to ten and even more CDs. Other packages are installed almost entirely from the Internet – the CD contains only the kernel and the basic structure of the system.
With standard Linux distribution, you get a rich software package. Note that applications are managed using one control module. This way you do not have to bother with many installation programs – one for each application. Only specialized programs not provided with the system have to be downloaded on their own from other sources. So on the one hand you have practically all applications written for the Linux environment, and on the other hand only programs that are on one Windows installation disc. Microsoft has no chance of getting out of this duel. It seems that there is no way to confront packages in this competition. Over the last few years, however, Microsoft has been extensively extending the Windows environment to applications that have nothing to do with the operating system.
OpenOffice is part of almost every Linux distribution. In addition, you will find other office packages. In the graphical KDE environment, KOffice is set up. Also, the Gnome interface has a collection of office applications. Windows can only reply with WordPad, a modest, yet unappreciated application. With Windows XP, it can open documents in Word format and suffice for basic editing tasks. If you need a program to make simple texts (such as letters) and do not use a spreadsheet or database, you will not feel the difference between Windows and Linux. Nevertheless, the Linux environment offers much more office productivity.
Both Windows and Linux can play most audio and video formats without installing additional tools. In addition, simple audio and video editors are available in both systems. But on the other hand, there are less than the same codecs. Some distributions discontinued due to licensing issues, including MP3 codecs, and Windows could not handle the Ogg Vorbis format. In both cases this is not a tragedy. To extend the range of supported formats, simply install the appropriate codecs.
Linux, however, provides much more. It includes tools for capturing audio tracks from CDs and video discs from DVD discs, as well as applications for managing media files. In addition, there are numerous media converters that run from the command line terminal.