You have all used a personal computer that runs the Windows operating system but how many of you have actually used Linux?
If you look at the market share of operating systems for PCs over the last few years you will see that Windows totally dominates the market. It’s been that way pretty much since the Windows came on the scene in 1985. The word Microsoft became a household name and synonymous with both home computers and operating systems.
In January 2019, Windows had just over an 88 percent market share, Apple’s Mac OS is next, with 9.2 percent market share and after that comes to Linux with just 1.3 percent of the market share.
What might surprise you, though, is perhaps this shouldn’t be the case. Everyone reading this article knows about Windows as it comes preinstalled in your PC and since you are using it for ages, but many of you do not know about Linux. Let’s find out more about these Operating Systems.
Contents of the article
- What is an Operating System?
- What is Linux?
- What is Windows?
- Major Differences: Linux vs Windows
- Pros of using Linux
- Pros of using Windows
What is an Operating System?
Operating System acts as an interface between the user and the computer system. It integrates all the input and output devices, applications, software at one place and provides common services for computer programs. The first operating system was Unix which was developed in the 1960s and was broadly used. After Unix there comes MS-DOS which was developed in 1981, and after adding a graphical user interface to MS-DOS it was changed to Windows. Operating systems like Linux, Windows, and Mac OS are widely used in modern computers nowadays.
What is Linux?
Linux is an open-source operating system. By open-source it means, you can view, read the code of Linux OS and people with good programming ability can also edit it, which is not at all available in Windows and Mac OS. Linux is software that sits underneath all of the other software on a computer, receiving requests from those programs and relaying these requests to the computer’s hardware.
You can install many Linux based operating systems such as Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, Linux Mint, Linux Lite on your system, and use it along with your windows operating system.
First of all, you probably do use Linux but just don’t know about it. It is present in your Android smartphone, your car, your refrigerators, it runs most of the Internet, the supercomputers, etc. It is also just a regular operating system for your PC.
Check out: How Android is Linux based?
Find out more about Linux Kernel Here
What is Windows?
The first version of Windows OS is released in 1985 which is a simple GUI (Graphical User Interface), an extension of the existing disk operating system (MS-DOS) and major release as my point of view was 1995 consumer release which has integrated windows and DOS with built-in internet support.
Major Differences: Linux VS Windows
Pros of Using Linux
Pros of Using Windows
The reason people do not switch to Linux is, people, stick to what they know because moving to a different OS is like finding yourself in a totally new environment. You need to learn the new OS which can be exciting but also a bit frustrating at times.
Overall both the Operating System have their own advantages. Windows is good for Noobs. While if you want to know more about how the computer program works and want to contribute to it than you should go for Linux.
Linux has an upper edge over Windows since it has so much to offer and all of them for free.
So, if you want to learn, How to use the Linux Operating System. You can watch this video and use Linux along with Windows on the same system.
Hope you enjoyed reading!!!