How is Linux different from windows for a user?
There has always been a comparison between the various operating systems available. This is hence very natural to have a comparative study of the two very famous operating systems, Linux and windows. At present what one can say is that windows is the best system to go for when looking for a use of personal desktop, whereas, the Linux takes its place as a premier in the market of free software OS. They are posed as rivals in the market of embedded and server systems as well. Most of the comparisons that are carried out in this manner address to the three families of the windows that is the Windows NT, the windows 9x (Which is now a legacy) and lastly windows embedded.
The Linux caters to many CPU configurations like the x64, x86, Itanium, PowerPC, MIPS, and ARM. This way the applicability of this software is far and wide as per windows. It is used for the PDAs, the routers, Mobile phones, in servers and desktops and even the set top boxes.
In this case the CPUs meant for windows are just confined to x64, x86 and Itanium. In this also the x 86 versions is now phased out. its applicability is not as wide as Linux but it has also seen its growth over the years. The windows embedded had started off with the DOS on the terminals for POS. after this there have been many platforms built on the core of windows CE OS. This shall include the Auto PC, Media room, Windows Mobile, Portable Media Center, and many other devices for the industry and the servers. Besides this the major area where windows have beaten any other operating system is the personal computer market. To come to the facts, almost ninety percent of the whole market is covered by windows, whereas Linux has only 12.9% of the market to it.
Apart from these facts, there a few more things, that decide many things about an operating system. There is a feature called OS integration that the windows users are not aware of. The various versions of windows are not and cannot be integrated for work. There is a clear distinction in the different versions. However they take care of this very well that users do not feel any hitch because of it. They design the software in a way the every file that is developed on one version is workable on the other as well with the help of the application binary interface. Hence you need not keep the exact version to make any changes in the original file. This does have security issues but with the help of updates they keep improving the system
However, Linux has a different way of dealing with these things. They do not have a distinction between their versions like the windows. The applications that are used can be easily integrated into directory structure of the operating system. Hence those users who have the roots rights can have access to these applications. It is not possible to have more than one variant of the operating system installed together. Also, the files that have been worked on in one version shall be edited in that only. They do not have the feature of application binary interface applicable in their operating system. The programs are dependent on the exact kernels and the library version they have been formed in. this can be a reason for the complexities, however they take care of it by the package manager. There is no stipulation on the package managers and hence this also brings in a lot of variety. There are many to suit anyone specific needs and to know which is meant to you, you must go through them. This is the reason why some people might not find Linux as compatible to them as windows and mainly these are the personal computers owners who have to manage their things by themselves. The companies have professionals to help the employees to and hence this is well adapted to them.