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Linux vs. Windows operating systems in comparison

costs The current Windows version is available in different versions and at different prices. Most Linux distributions are free (at least for home users). License model Proprietary software. The Linux kernel and most distributions are open source and (often) available under the free software license GNU GPL. user friendliness From the beginning, Windows was designed to be as simple as possible and understandable even for users without IT knowledge. Although Ubuntu in particular is relatively easy to use for Windows users, most other Linux distributions offer high entry barriers. Graphical user interface Microsoft has set standards with the Windows GUI. Users of Linux distributions have freedom in designing the GUI and can even do without it entirely. Support Windows offers numerous help options both internally and online. In addition, there is extensive specialist literature for various levels of knowledge. Linux support arises from the broad community. Help can be found on almost any problem in online forums and wikis. software Most of the software that comes onto the market is (also) compatible with Windows. Far fewer applications appear for Linux, although there are also options for running Windows programs under Linux. installation Programs can be installed by downloading them from websites or physical media. With Linux, a large part of programs, drivers or packages is delivered via fixed repositories. Uninstallation When programs are uninstalled, some residues remain in the system. Programs are simply and always completely removed on Linux. hardware Drivers for Windows are available for almost every hardware. Hardware support is more limited in comparison. Some drivers are only available after a delay. reliability Although the stability of Windows has improved in recent years, it still does not match most Linux distributions. Linux and its distributions are known to be very stable. security Windows systems are regularly threatened by viruses and other malware. Linux distributions are rarely the target of attacks. speed Windows is known to slow down the longer it is used. Linux usually runs very quickly. Updates Updates are sometimes compulsively installed. Most of the updates are stable. Each user can choose which updates he installs himself. Some of these are experimental and are therefore not recommended for all users. trial version Windows can also be downloaded and installed without a license to try it out. Since most distributions are free, you can try them out without any problems. Many can even run from a USB stick and do not even need to be installed. Areas of use Windows is aimed at every type of user: from casual users to experts. Due to the abundance of Windows-compatible software, the operating system is just as interesting for professional use as it is for entertainment purposes. At least some specialist knowledge is required to use Linux. Since many computer games are only available to a limited extent, people who are professionally involved with IT are more likely to use a Linux distribution.