Windows vs Linux: Which One’s Better Operating System?

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Ever since Linux has taken a huge leap in the computing field, questions have arisen as to which is the better option for our computers. Is it Windows or Linux? Though this is a never-ending debate and there are a ton of users on both sides of the scale here, we try to make it a little easier for you to differentiate between the two.

Here, we try to pull out a few of the features of both the Operating Systems to figure out the better of the two masterpieces:

1. Windows vs Linux: Price Worthy?

  • All the Linux subsidiaries ranging from its distributions to its additional plugins are Open Source and are downloadable directly from the Linux Website. Users can even access the GPU accessories free of cost from the website. Although, there are corporations that hand out versions of some distros at a certain cost, the core software compilation still remains free.


  • Microsoft has a charge-only policy when it comes to providing their OSs to the pool of users. The cost ranges from $99.00 to $199.00 depending upon the copy. However, the Windows 10 upgrade was free for the licensed users of Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

2. Windows vs Linux: User-friendly?

  • Agreed, Linux is not the easiest Operating Systems around and frankly when I found no option to Refresh I was completely lost. It takes a huge learning curve to go about the characteristics and properties of Linux and could be a frustrating task for any normal user. The latest distros, however, like Zorino and Manjaro have made the adaptation of Linux over Windows a little simpler.


  • When we talk about Windows, we stress about the point that how easy and simple it is to use this freaking OS. Windows thrives to almost perfection when it comes to simplicity and user-friendliness but unlike Linux, it doesn’t provide the user with full independence of customizing the tweaks and taking full control of the system. So, even though average users may prefer Windows, the prominent users will still opt for Linux.

Also Read: Top 20 must-have applications for Windows 10

3. Windows vs Linux: Dependable?

  • Linux is known to produce the most secure and reliable distros under its shed. It excels with flying colors when it comes to security, system management, and system reliance. Add to that the fact, that it operates brilliantly when it comes to multiprocessing and provides a credit when clock speed is taken in account.


  • Though one of the most prominent and user-friendly Operating System in the fold, Windows doesn’t do an impressive work when we talk about dependability. With the passing years, the updates have done a decent job in tackling the issue but it still is quite prone to malware attacks and can be termed as vulnerable.

 4. Windows vs Linux: Software Compatibility?

  • Linux supports a wide range of Software Applications and additional plug-ins. The Linux program has an integrity support for loads of programs and packages and most of them are downloadable on the Internet for free. Users can even run a major collection of Windows software packages by operating on certain simulators such as WINE.

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  • Since Windows is the highest grossing Operating System of all time, it is quite obvious that all the major commercial softwares are available on the Windows platform exclusively. Even almost all of the visual graphics video games that have a version for PC are only supported by Windows. The only drawback here is that Windows has a narrower range of catalog of free as well as Open Source Softwares.

Also Read: 50 Basic Linux Commands You Should Know

5. Windows vs Linux: Bucks on Software?

  • One of the most interesting and prominent features of Linux is its openness that gives a huge chunk of the system’s control to the user. Mostly, all of the utility packages, system applications, software programs, etc. are available for free on Linux. It also has support for the major applications like GIMPOpen Office, and Star Office at no cost.


  • All of the Microsoft packages like MS-Office were introduced free of cost in the previous roll-back versions but are now to be purchased online to unlock full functionalities. Windows 10, however, comes pre-loaded with a number of applications like the Xbox support, Microsoft Edge, Skype, Groove Music, etc. but still the majority of utility packages are required to be purchased at a varying cost.

6. Windows vs Linux: Hardware Compatibility?

  • The older versions of Linux distros didn’t put a lot of thought when the need for hardware compatibility rose. But 15 years and a lot of sweat and hard-work later, Linux fanatics base came up with the solutions to this very troubling issue. It created a large ripple in the OS stream and the Linux community witnessed a huge rise in its population.


  • Unlike the problems faced by Linux, Windows monopoly (at the time) assured that its users won’t be left red-faced while logging in their hardware. Any hardware outlet won’t look forward to upsetting the large user base of this particular OS and thus, Windows is compatible to any hardware available.

Also Read: 10 ways to speed up Windows 10

7. Windows vs Linux: Support for Troubleshooting?

  • Linux provides a great deal of help online and troubleshooting anything on it is really simple. There are many major websites on the Internet which work delicately on making the Linux experience an easy one and provide help on every sort of technical/system issue. For reference, you may visit LinuxHelp to resolve any problem you might be facing.


  • Windows, too, doesn’t disappoint when it comes to supporting and guiding their users through even the minimal of issues. Windows provide both Online and Offline support to their users. Moreover, there are tons of books on the technicalities of the Windows Operating System.

8. Windows vs Linux: Finds its use in?

  • Linux was initially launched for servers and has now found its use on system computers as well. It is mostly used in big corporate companies and by advanced computer users who like to customize the system to the fullest and look to gain a deeper knowledge in the field of Computer Science.


  • Microsoft’s Windows is mostly used by professional/novice gamers, average PC users or businessmen.

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One Response

  1. Dave Blythin says:

    I disagree on a couple of points:
    Linux has been ridiculously user-friendly for years, far more so than Windows in my opinion. I have installed Linux (usually Mint or Ubuntu) on machines for computer novices and they have had no issues.
    As far as hardware compatibility is concerned, Linux is far ahead. I can plug in scanners or tablets from 1995 into my Ubuntu box and they work, not something anyone can do with Windows 10. Vendors simply don’t write drivers for old hardware for newer Windows versions.

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