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WINDOWS VS LINUX by David Cartwright
Windows vs. Linux
Version 2.o
Executive summary
Page 2
Windows vs Linux. Introduction
Page 3
1. The desktop vs. the server
Page 5
2. Technology facilities
Page 7
3. Hardware support and drivers
Page 18
4. Version control
Page 20
5. Migration
Page 23
6. Compatability and interoperability
Page 27
7. Making judgments
Page 28
David Cartwright

David Cartwright currently earns a crust as a Norfolk-based technology consultant,
specialising in networking, telecomms, security and Internet application development. He has
variously worked as a systems and network manager in academia and the defence industry,
full-time writer, technical director of an international test lab, head of IT for a multi-national
publisher and CTO of an Internet startup and later a venture capital organisation. Since 1996
he has been a member of the judging panel for the UK Networking Industry Awards. He has
also set questions and been a member of the judging panel for the British Computer Society
Programming Competition, since 2001.

Executive Summary
In the past few years, Linux has become a serious contender as a business operating
system. This process has been accelerated by some high-profile contract wins amon
european city councils. Although the biggest of all, Munich, has stuttered along, there

have been too many to dismiss the arrival of Linux as a flash in a pan. Even SCO\u2019s claims of copyright breach by Linux vendors, have not damaged the take-up of the technology.

Microsoft has not been idle however. Faced by a serious challenge for the first
time since Apple decided that music was a more profitable enterprise than
computing, it has responded with gusto and has been determinedly fighting its
corner, producing reams of statistics to justify its premier position in the market.

The truth is, of course, that both operating systems have their pros and cons. What has confused the situation is that both technologies have their adherents, some of whom (on the Linux side particularly) can be exceptionally vocal and, it should be said, excessively partisan.

This report tries to separate myth from reality. The author
has examined all aspects of running a business system.
Subjects covered include web servers, file and print services,
networking and access technologies, application software,
storage and security. In particular, we have looked at new
technological developments since the last survey.

We offer no blanket conclusion that Linux is better than Windows, or vice versa, but point out the technological areas where one scores highly and the other less well. The IT manager will be able to use this report to examine their own setups and assess which operating system would be of most benefit.


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