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Microsoft Windows has long dominated the business and home desktop market but there is a new contender on the block in the shape of LINUX that is beginning to compete with Microsoft Windows on many different fronts What is this LINUX and how does it compare and contrast with the Microsoft Windows operating system Microsoft Windows has been around since 1983 and its present incarnation Microsoft Windows 2000 owes its roots to Windows 3x Windows 9x and Windows NT LINUX has been around since 1991 for all of its newness is the latest incarnation of the UNIX operating system which first came into existence in 1969 Lets start by comparing the minimum hardware requirements specified by each vendor for both LINUX using the popular Red Hat Linux 9 platform and the different flavors of Microsoft Windows 2000 as outlined in the following chart Hardware Operating SystemLINUX Red Hat Linux 9Microsoft Windows 2000 ProfessionalMicrosoft Windows 2000 Server ProcessorIntel Pentium Class 133 MHzIntel Pentium Class 133 MHzIntel Pentium Class 133 MHz Memory064 MB Text 128 MB Graphic064 MB256 MB Hard Drive Space1750 MB 5000 MB2000 MB2000 MB On paper the differences look surprisingly trivial dont they In actuality in each case the recommended setting are significantly higher based on the purpose of the system and the applications in use with the biggest change being in memory use on the Microsoft Windows 2000 platform where the recommended memory settings are 256 MB on Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional to 512 MB on Microsoft Windows 2000 Server As for pricing how does LINUX compare against Microsoft Windows 2000 This is a difficult question to answer due to the additional questions of are we talking home user academic or corporate licensing and are we talking about a workstation or a server operating system From a home users perspective LINUX costs 000 compared to Microsoft Windows 2000s cost of 31900 This seems like an easy
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