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Linux vs Windows: System Stability

Microsoft is a giant. It has enough resources that it was able to sell the original Xbox at a loss for several months in order to get its foot in the door. It has enough high salary programs that it can tackle any issue in its closed source software easily. And yet . . . they made Vista. Linux, on the other hand, is the kid who’s picked last for soccer during recess, but who always manages to score the winning goals. In today’s entry, we will compare and contrast the general stability of the Windows and Linux operating systems.

Windows Stability: You’re Kidding, Right?

Windows has absolutely been improving when it comes to general stability. They currently run off of the NT Kernel, granting them much greater levels of painless use. Those who recall using Windows 98, the final OS using a non-NT system, will remember how frustrating that system was.

As a core system, Windows is basically stable. It can be destabilized quite easily, however, due to the variety of programming languages and styles used to create software and drivers for the system. This, far more than anything, is what causes the traumatic “blue screens of death.” Installing new softwares, hardware, or even just updating drivers has a chance to destabilize your system, especially in more recent 64-bit versions.

Linux Stability: Linux Just Works

Let’s not pretend for a moment that Linux can’t become destabilized. The Linux kernel, while even more stable than the NT, can still be thrown off by software or driver issues. The difference is that this open source operating system has both professionals and hobbyists who can repair these issues more quickly. It’s of note that many reported bugs are given a fix within twenty-four hours.

The core drivers, the approval system for software, and the more smooth updating process for Linux all mean that the system will rarely, if ever, crash. It’s not perfect, but users who are accustomed to Windows level stability will find that Linux provides a refreshing change.

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