i have to write a research paper comparing 3 OS's. i chose Linux, OSX, and WindowsXP. of course not having ever tried any of them means i can only go by what i read. i still have lots of reading to do before i can even start. but just out of curiosity would like your opinion.
cindy, the more things the better i suppose. ease of use, security, file management, cost, reliabilty. it has to be 5 pages double spaced. so far i have learned OSX seems to be for people who want ease of use. Linux seems to be used more in a server environment although the Xwindow stuff is exciting (Gnome and KDE). XP seems to be what most people get stuck with i guess availability of software is a big issue as well ive found that the comparisons i have found through google are of little use. anyone doing the comparing will slant things to favor their own favorite. learning about them and drawing my own comparisons seems more fuitful. [ November 11, 2002: Message edited by: Randall Twede ]
indeed. i have been researching Linux this morning. found several good links. actually this seems quite a big assignment for a 3 credit class especially when our textbook (windows users guide to dos: using the command line in windows 2000 professional) alone is 900 pages long. i could have made it easier on myself by choosing 2 OS's i am already familiar with. we were allowed two from MS. i could have chosen comparing win98 and win2000. or even the dos's each use. but i want to get the most out of it by making it a learning experience. [ November 11, 2002: Message edited by: Randall Twede ]
the more i read about windows XP the more i am convinced it is not for me. although it has some nice features, the liscensing agreement and windows activation thing are intolerable. also i found an interesting benchmark comparison with windows 98SE http://www.ocaddiction.com/articles/os/98vsXP/
Randall Twede, You didnt say whether you write a paper on workstations or server ( I never heard of Windows XP Server). Recently, my fianc� done a similar report comparing Windows 2000 server, Linux and Unix(or novel? I dont remeber the third one). At the end, she choose Windows 2000 for several reasons (I vote for Linux ). Since you choose Windows XP, it gets poor points on security, file management, and reliabilty. Linux is Very stable, has pretty good security and file management system and most of all most of the softwares comes with Linux system is free. Mandrake & RedHat is pretty good Linux Distros. ELX comes close to Microsoft windows (but long way to go). I never tried any other Linux other than Mandrake and ELX. Very cost effective. But lose to Windows when it comes to ease of use. I never heard of OSX. How to remove this space???
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I will find some links to back my suggestion(I had them before). People(workstation/home users) choose windows OS because of it's ease of use. Thanks, Sankar S. [ November 11, 2002: Message edited by: Sankar Subbiah ] (Marilyn removed extra blank lines) [ November 11, 2002: Message edited by: Marilyn de Queiroz ]
thanks for the links Sankar. OS X is Apples new OS for the Mac also called OS 10. all 3 im comparing are for home PC use. personally if i get/build a new puter i would either just stick my current HD with win98 in it (probably copying it to a new HD) or choose Linux.