Computer users and programmers have become so used to using Windows, even because of the changing capabilities and GUI appearances of versions, therefore it has remained a Microsoft product. Although Lycoris, Red Hat, Mandrake, Suse, Knoppix, Slackware, and Lindows make up some of the different versions of LINUX. These companies release their own versions of the operating systems with minor changes and yet always with the same end result. The simple fact that none of these companies is close to competing with Windows, for the most part, makes the difference in market share.
Sometimes it seems like everyone on the planet is using Windows. Many say that Windows is much better than LINUX due to the easy handling of the software or hardware. There are big differences between the number of LINUX and Windows users. Many say that LINUX is so much better because it started out as open source software and is therefore more flexible than Windows. So what explains the huge difference in market share between these two operating systems?
Windows and Linux are different in many ways.
1. The Windows GUI is an integral component of the operating system; speed, efficiency and reliability, while the Linux GUI is optional, are increased by running a Linux server instance without a GUI, something that the server versions of Windows simply cannot do. The nature of the Linux GUI makes it easy to remotely manage a Linux computer with a more natural feel than Windows computers.
2. The command prompts of operating systems are very different. The Windows 9x series command interpreters are very similar to each other, and the NT class versions of Windows also have similar command interpreters. However, there are differences between a Windows 9x command interpreter and one in an NT-class version of Windows. Linux, like UNIX, also supports various command shells, but typically uses BASH or “Bourne Again Shell”.
3. While you have to pay hundreds of dollars for a new version of Windows, you can download Linux. There are no manuals or simple installers for the free version. Although there is a big learning curve when using the free package. There are some easy Linux automated packages at low prices.
Microsoft’s “big downside” is the alleged security issues with Windows. Most spyware, adware, and malicious files work perfectly with Windows. In general, you do not face these kinds of circumstances unless you are working with Windows. While Linux offers strong protection, password protection for Windows can be easily bypassed.
Software availability is the key to why Windows beats Linux in this competition. Most software versions are already configured for Windows. If you choose to use Linux, you must copy Windows with special software in order to use its Windows-based programs. You can always install Windows as a subsystem for Linux, this would take the administrative capabilities of Windows and allow them to run on Linux.
If Linux is ever going to compete with Windows, it must become easier to use and provide serious technical support.