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Case Studies

Comparing Windows XP and Linux

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2000-2005 David A. Solomon and Mark Russinovich

These materials are part of the Windows Operating System Internals Curriculum Development Kit, developed by David A. Solomon and Mark E. Russinovich with Andreas Polze Microsoft has licensed these materials from David Solomon Expert Seminars, Inc. for distribution to academic organizations solely for use in academic environments (and not for commercial use)

Background Architecture

Linus and Linux


In 1991 Linus Torvalds took a college computer science course that used the Minix operating system
Minix is a toy UNIX-like OS written by Andrew Tanenbaum as a learning workbench Linus wanted to make MINIX more usable, but Tanenbaum wanted to keep it ultra-simple

Linus went in his own direction and began working on Linux


In October 1991 he announced Linux v0.02 In March 1994 he released Linux v1.0
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Windows and Linux


Both Linux and Windows are based on foundations developed in the mid-1970s
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