Linux is supported by real users offering real help through forums like this one. Microsoft on the other hand provides you with a paid for operating system with 30 to 90 days of support but reserves the right to limit the help they will provide you.
Linux does not force you to upgrade your hardware, programs, or Operating system. The option is there if you wish but on your own time schedule. Windows has an EOL (End of life) policy whereby you are convinced their next best system with new hardware must be adhered to.
Multiple Linux versions and Windows versions can co-exist on the same system whereas Microsoft does a search and destroy of Linux boot loaders in an attempt to force you not to use anything but their’s.
New Microsoft versions require you replace the entire system inclusive of apps and may result in total data loss during the upgrade. Linux versions can share the same partition and can be upgraded keeping both programs and settings in most cases.
Linux is true multi-user multi-tasking whereas Microsoft products at best imitate this behavior.
Linux can read and write it’s own partitions as well as Microsoft based ones. The same can’t be said of Microsoft.
Many standard GPS, Cell Phones, PDA’s ISP’s and Web Servers use Linux and other Unicee’s, the same can’t be said for Microsoft unless you count SYNC used in Ford Automobiles.
Microsoft uses it’s power leverage to force hardware manufacturer’s to only produce drivers for their operating system. Yet Linux has numerous hardware compatible drivers for all kinds of hardware. Many programmers are actively trying to develop drivers and persuade Manufacturers or release information about their devices.
Microsoft takes the approach that their operating systems are finished work but need to immediately install patches and fixes and service packs. Linux tells the trueth, no operating system is ever 100% complete as there is always going to be new issues new demands and unique new devices or inovations.
Microsoft is running toward a methodology of pay per use so they can achieve their claim that they own your system and you have paid the expense of buying the hardware with pre-installed windows operating system in order to have the right to use the hardware. Linux is founded on the principal that you own your hardware and you are free to use paid for or free software at your descretion.
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