Well here we go, stirring the hornet’s nest again. Linux over Windows or is it Windows over Linux? Agree or disagree, advocates for both have something to say that makes it better than the other. Why? These are two sides of the same coin but we all know that heads are the favorites over tails, right? So, let the arguments begin.
Argument 1- Windows-TCO >>>Linux
Yes, one has to admit that the Total Cost of Ownership for Windows is much, much higher than what it would take to start-off on a Linux. Windows simply cannot operate without licenses, antivirus and a multitude of proprietary software for secured use. Forget about all that on a Linux. Operational costs are zero on Linux. You will not be paying through your nose for the next licensed version. For home PCs, these costs would be incidental but scale the costs to organizational costs and IT budgets would definitely go overboard.
Argument 2- Linux desktop >windows
There are no second thoughts about it. With GNOME and KDE, Linux desktops are top-of-the-line products that are sleek, compact and innately user friendly. Linux desktop in fact go beyond being user friendly they are outright flexible. On Linux you simply change distros you no longer want or need. You keep what you need and simply build along as your requirements grow. Most times your Linux desktop is a reflection of your mind. You are doing intense mind-games then you will have the toughest looking distro running. Need to space out and want some relax time then in come the light-hearted distros tickling your brain cells. Bet you cannot even think of creativity with a Windows on your desktop.
Argument 3-No monopoly on servers
Linux wins this argument hands-down, for with a millions of minds the terabytes crunched to churn out servers for every conceivable requirement is unbelievable. Windows server portfolio is comprehensive indeed but it is definitely no match to the collective creativity of a million minds. Besides the TCO factor plays up again at the end of the day you will be using only what your require on priority and never be able to use servers that are not of maximum utility to your entire organization.
Argument 4- Security plugged on minimum TAT on Linux
Being an open source Linux is always on top to plug any security loops in matter of hours to days. One cannot even comprehend a zero turnaround time happening on Windows. The minimum TAT for a Window patch appearing would be in the next quarter to at least a year. Linux is always fast-tracked on these because there are close to a million constantly working on them and it is simply a matter of time before they detect an unsavory plug. Again the power of collective thinking manifests and in no time collaborative work weaves powerful patches to plug every security threats.
Argument 5- Flexibility the core of Linux
The USP of Linux is the power it brings to distros because of the flexibility factor. Linux in today’s parlance is a touch-screen application. You simply use the tip of your fingers to keep at what you want, delve deeper into it and if you do not want something on your desktop simply tap into deletion. The sheer magnitude to what you can do using your Linux is limited to your imagination.
These are some arguments that merely scratch the surface. Windows is proprietary software. Whatever be the investment to bring in innovation, it is limited by creativity. There is no need for an investment in Linux as creativity is unbound. As long as operating systems are around, Linux will remain the forerunner there are no two thoughts about it. This paradigm shift will happen in following net generations as each passing year brings in higher literates of server-side programmers more conversant with open sourcing will slowly replace the non-literate computer users.
Linux is the future of Operating Systems. Open Source is the future and creative solutions that far exceed proprietary software will come to dominate in the next few decades.