View Full Version : What are the main ways Linux distros differ from Windows?

February 7th, 2009, 01:26 PM
I am looking at this from a user experiences point of view (ways things are done differently). Any other thoughts welcome too

February 7th, 2009, 01:33 PM
One user on this forum has a quote on his/her signature, saying the following:

Linux: for those who understand, no explanation is necessary. For those who don't, no explanation will suffice.

February 7th, 2009, 01:51 PM
As I see it, the main differences stem from how software is installed and how permissions are handled.

In terms of the applications, much will be very familiar, two examples: Firefox and Open Office are almost identical in use to their Windows versions.

February 7th, 2009, 01:52 PM
It is a modular operating system, all the components are developed separately from one another is the main difference. Because of this there is usually more than one choice of implementation for a particular component.

Ubuntu specifically uses the GNOME interface, which is broadly speaking more like Mac OS X than Windows.

Ubuntu specifically uses the DPKG/APT software management system which is much more efficient that the method of finding a vendor of a particular piece of software, obtaining that software via download or physical media, and then using the vendors own installer program to install an application.

Linux distributions (99.9% of time) uses the GNU BASH shell environment, which means that it has a much more powerful terminal/command prompt than Mac OS X.

Linux rarely requires rebooting, and despite the marketing done by Microsoft, has been proven to be more stable than Windows operating systems.

Modern Linux distributions are interoperable with more file formats and international standards than Windows computers are out of the box.

Linux is an operating system kernel, a modular component of a free operating system, so it crops up in embedded devices, mobile phones, games consoles, netbooks, laptops, desktops, servers and supercomputers without the high level of modification it's taken Apple to port Mac OS X to iPhone, and Microsoft to mold Windows into Windows Mobile.

Linux distributions can be made by anyone, so are often made by hardware manufacturers to suit their own hardware and what they want it to be capable of (see Asus Eee PC and Acer Aspire One).

Linux distribution are much more diverse than the different version of Mac OS X and Windows. Most Linux distributions use GNOME or KDE or XFCE as the default Desktop Environment, most Linux distribution use either RPM or DEB packaging formats. Nearly all Linux distributions use Open Office as their office suite, because of its high level of functionality and interoperability with Microsoft Office.

The main difference to the end user of Ubuntu in particular is the the interface is intuitive to the user, and it offers a higher level of functionality without spending on third party applications than Windows does. And that they don't need firewall or antivirus software. And they don't need a new computer to use it or upgrade it, or pay any license fee for using it.

February 7th, 2009, 02:04 PM
people actually know how to use that "little black box" as ive heard it called

February 7th, 2009, 06:17 PM
linux is "do it yourself"

linux is completely customizable in every way!

you dont like your filemanager, change it

you dont like the way your bootsplash looks, change it

your computer is just plain slow, use a lighter environment with lighter apps

something broke, lookup the solution, and fix it!

gnu/linux is not just an operating system, it's so much more

it's like the platform to which your customized virtual environment is built upon

you literally can choose everything from the desktop environment, to the window manager, to the file manager, to the kernel, and the login manager, and so on...

and best of all ITS ALL FREE!!