I have never think about doing a comparison between Windows and Linux but, This post inspired me to write this comparison, side by side, specially where it says, that windows users says that "Linux is hard to install", so I wanted to test it. First I made this question to me: What is the usage that most users give to its computer? And according to me the answer is:

  1. Office applications (MS Office, Open Office or other alternatives
  2. Brows the web
  3. Read emails
  4. Read news (RSS)
  5. Chat
  6. Listen to music
  7. Review their pictures

Off course I may be wrong but this is what I believe it is.

Well to have all the applications needed to do this: With windows
You need to install the windows itself and you will be able to:

  • Read emails
  • Browse the web
  • Chat (Only on MSN)
  • Listen to music
  • Review pictures

To be able to work with your office documents you need to install (and pay) for MS Office or install the windows version of Open office
And do not forget you need to install an anti-virus, a good firewall (windows' one is not good enough)

With Linux

You need to install only Linux (most distributions) and you have all the funtionalities listed above, and you can forget about the anti-virus, and in some distros also the firewall.

Well, here are the steps needed to have this applications working on XP, Vista and Ubuntu
please compare and judge yourself.

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As you can see XP needs 20 steps, Vista 14, and Ubuntu only 10!! to have the OS installed, on these installations I used all the default options which worked great with my hardware all time
It is a Desktop PC, Pentium IV, 1 Gig RAM, SATA Disk, ATI Radeon Video Card, also worked with my Laptop (IBM T30) at least XP and Ubuntu, never tried with Vista on it.

oops!! I forgot the office for Windows :)… well here it goes, another seven steps!! for Office 2003.
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And we should not forget, that Linux is more stable, its Desktop effects are better, it is less hardware hungry, it is free (as in freedom and as in beer), its messenger client works with MSN, Yahoo, and others.

I have used windows for years! and as I like to install and test all applications, from time to time I had to re-install all the windows, because its DLL got messed and the registry so big that all my system were real slow!!, now with Linux I just use, apt-get or yum and I have a PC at my job wich had Fedora 4, and upgraded to 5, then to 6, and finally to 7 with no reformat it, and it has the same performance as the first day!, I have recently format it to install Fedora7, Etch and Feisty in a triple boot system sharing home directory, so Linux is also easier to maintain than Windows as you can see.

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