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March 16th, 2005, 06:28 PM
hi guyz

ok, I got this school assignment where I have to speak about windoze and linux for 12 minutes to my info. tech. class. I dont know where to start( maybe from the history??) but I need some good websites to provide that information to me. I dont know much except that linux is a branch of UNIX and windoze has(maybe) evolved from DOS. ( those are all maybe's) :mrgreen: But on the serious note, i want a website which tells me the good and bad of both OS' and it should be neutral too.

March 16th, 2005, 06:31 PM

that can help for the gnu/linux part. ant btw gnu/linux is not a branch of unix, specifically the kernel is a complete rewrite. some of the tools are from BSD though.

March 16th, 2005, 06:40 PM

March 16th, 2005, 08:36 PM
You cannot talk about linux without explaining the GNU philosophy of free open source software.

Read the gpl

Seriously. Take a half an hour to wrap your head around it. It is the important thing about linux. Otherwise, linux would become the next windows.

It's actually GNU/Linux (meaning gnu is the OS and linux is the kernel)


Here are some bits:



Variants of the GNU operating system, which use the kernel Linux, are now widely used; though these systems are often referred to as “Linux,” they are more accurately called GNU/Linux systems.

What the FSF provides to computer users, above all, is the chance to use a computer in freedom--using free software. Since 1985 the FSF has sponsored the development of the free software operating system GNU . The GNU/Linux variant of GNU is already widely used.

What does society need? It needs information that is truly available to its citizens---for example, programs that people can read, fix, adapt, and improve, not just operate. But what software owners typically deliver is a black box that we can't study or change.

Society also needs freedom. When a program has an owner, the users lose freedom to control part of their own lives.

And above all society needs to encourage the spirit of voluntary cooperation in its citizens. When software owners tell us that helping our neighbors in a natural way is ``piracy'', they pollute our society's civic spirit.

This is why we say that free software is a matter of freedom, not price.

Please ask further questions, as needed.

March 16th, 2005, 09:19 PM
Thanks for the links. Enjoyed the Linux vs Windows page.

March 17th, 2005, 05:33 AM
thanks 4 ur replies guys. u made it soo easy :mrgreen:

March 17th, 2005, 05:50 AM
thanks 4 ur replies guys. u made it soo easy :mrgreen:
Now you go and slay those Redmond users !!

March 17th, 2005, 05:55 AM
It's actually GNU/Linux (meaning gnu is the OS and linux is the kernel)

I agree with you totally azz, but that's an arguable topic. It depends on who you ask. Its like, is it Free Software, FOSS, or FLOSS? It's different ways of saying the same thing while stressing different parts. When people ran Windows 95, they didn't say they were running DOS/Windows 95, even though it was essentially a DOS backbone. Anyway, that's all semantics, and it's the least of your worries.

My point is:
For your project, I'd suggest stressing GNU. It IS the functional part of any distribution, regardless of what you call it. Call it flugledyboop if you want.