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#1 savya

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Posted 05 December 2002 - 12:32 AM

The Linux operating system is composed of the Linux kernel and the GNU subsystems to go with it. So when you say Linux, itís actually more than just the Linux kernel. Itís a huge group of programs. Linus Torvalds started the Linux kernel back in the late 80s I believe. He decided he wanted to have a UNIX kernel on the PC platforms. The GNU corporation wanted compilers and other utilities for these UNIX platforms. They wanted to have things that were out there on other commercial UNIX systems that they couldnít get, so they started making them. And they did this GNU "copyleft" so that nobody can own the code, which was also adopted in the Linux kernel source as well.

Linux is a free, UNIX-like operating system that was created to give us something we did not have to pay an arm and a leg foróbecause when UNIX first came out it was something that a normal person could not afford. A normal person was perhaps able to afford a PC but could not afford to put UNIX on it. People now use Linux as an alternative to Microsoft products. It gives them UNIX stability and security on a PC.
Since Linux is a UNIX-based kernel, it has reliability and a security that comes with UNIX. I wonít say Linux is better than Windows 2000 because there are some things that Windows 2000 does do better. There are some things that Linux does better. One huge advantage Linux has is that it is free. Windows 2000 has big licensing. When we did our presentation at Lotusphere, we put up the numbers for a 5,000 user Windows network, and it was something like millions of dollars for Windows 2000, as I recall.

Linux is getting to the point where it is getting close to compatibility with Windows platforms. It has large memory support now. It has a large file system support. It is starting to get all those features that are server class. And on top of that, it is also starting to get the client things that a lot of people like. The line is starting to get a little fuzzy. It's just that Linux is free and Windows is Microsoft.
Windows has been around for quite a while. So despite what you might hear, Windows has some mature aspects to it, where Linux is still getting up to speed. Linux, although it is based upon the 30-year-old basic operating principals of UNIX, has still only been around about 10 to 12 years as an operating system itself. Windows has been around a little bit longer than that.

With that in mind, there are a lot of ease-of-use features in Windows and administrative things in Windows that far outpace Linux today. Those things are coming up to speed in Linux, so this argument wonít hold water for too long. But those more user-friendly aspects make Windows much more attractive for widespread deployment on desktops and servers. Also, you have to remember a lot of the administrators out there today are Windows oriented, so although there are a lot of differences between Windows 2000 and NT, it is a lot easier for those administrators to understand the concepts.

Can you give some examples of the types of industries or users who are taking on Linux systems?


Actually, a better question is who isnít. If you look out there, everybody except for Microsoft is looking at Linux. And then youíve got IBM doing a big push. Their new version of AIX is called AIX 50L because they are trying to do the Linux API so that you can take Linux binaries and run them on AIX. Sun has started doing all their Java stuff and their initial ports whenever they get a new job, to Linux. Hewlett Packard has started talking about Linux support as well. The only people who are not doing anything are Microsoft. They look at it as a threat to their customer base, because Linux runs on X86 machines and thatís Microsoftís customer base. Now with NT and Windows 2000, they are trying to get the server market, and that's one area that Linux has the potential to control on X86.
so what do u think about this? My point of view is I prefer Unix rather than windows and If u want to learn you need to come to a command line rather than clicking the mouse mates...

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Posted 05 December 2002 - 04:54 PM

Great Education Article.

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#3 surajmg

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Posted 05 December 2002 - 05:02 PM

nice article....
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#4 savya

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Posted 07 December 2002 - 01:42 AM

Thankyour very much for your response. I will be glad to input all these sort of things later in life for the people in IT and want to develop their skills in IT. Thankyou again for your worm welcome.

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Posted 14 December 2002 - 12:25 PM

Nice article!

love to read this article which is really informative and wish to get updated this section with more relevent informations related to linux operating system and its compatibility with hardwares ,other operating systems and installing procedures.

Thank you very much for your valuable points and expecting more in future.

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Posted 14 December 2002 - 06:54 PM

agreed with most of the point.
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Posted 09 January 2003 - 06:51 PM

Just in case if you guys want to know more :-

Here is the souce for you http://www-10.lotus....w2000_interview where you can read the whole discussion between Kenneth "Kenbo" Brunsen (representing Linux) and Joe Linehan (representing Windows 2000).

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Posted 12 January 2003 - 09:15 AM

Himalji that was absolutely excellent article

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