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[News] The Underlying Differences Between GNU/Linux and Windows

  • Subject: [News] The Underlying Differences Between GNU/Linux and Windows
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2007 01:41:18 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Windows vs Linux: Architecture, part I

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| Linux is not a free version of Windows. The two systems differ not only 
| visually, in the graphical user interface the user sees, but also 
| functionally, as is frequently discussed, and legally to boot, which is 
| constantly emphasized by the Free software community. The differences between 
| them are so fundamental that drawing a comparison between them is nearly 
| impossible. There are so many moot points that they could make up a very long 
| list.      



Kernel Comparison for Linux (2.6.18) verses Windows (2003 R2)

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| This aims to be the most comprehensive kernel comparison of the
| latest most popular Unix style kernel verses the latest most
| popular current kernel.


Is There Perfection in The Linux Kernel?

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| In a perfect world, you could compile a brand-new Linux kernel
| without the need for much configuration and without error.
| According to Linus Torvalds, the new 2.6.19 Linux kernel is such
| an entity.
| "It's one of those rare "perfect" kernels," Torvalds wrote in a
| Linux kernel mailing list posting announcing the new kernel.


Why so many filesystems for Linux? What's the difference?

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|     * EXT3       
|         * Most popular Linux file system, limited scalability in size and 
|         number of files       
|         * Journaled       
|         * POSIX extended access control
|     EXT3
|     file system is a journaled file system that has the greatest use in
|     Linux today. It is the "Linux" File system. It is quite robust and
|     quick, although it does not scale well to large volumes nor a great
|     number of files. Recently a scalability feature was added called
|     htrees, which significantly improved EXT3's scalability.
| [...]
|     * FAT32       
|         * Most limited file system, but most ubiquitous       
|         * Not Journaled       
|         * No access controls
|     FAT32
|     is the crudest of the file systems listed. Its popularity is with its
|     widespread use and popularity in the Windows desktop world and that it
|     has made its way into being the file system in flash RAM devices
|     (digital cameras, USB memory sticks, etc.). It has no built in security
|     access control, so is small and works well in these portable and
|     embedded applications. It scales the least of the file systems listed.
|     Most systems have FAT32 compatibility support due to its ubiquity.


Linux: The Really Fair Scheduler

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| He offered a mathematical overview of how his new scheduler works, included 
| some benchmarks, and reflected back to earlier discussions on the lkml...


Six out of 10 UK businesses have 'no plans' for Vista

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| UK firms show little enthusiasm for the Windows Vista operating system,
| with nearly six out of 10 businesses saying they have no plans to deploy
| it, research has revealed.


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