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Comparing any network operating system is really like comparing an apple to an orange To judge between the underlying functionality of each operating system geared towards different networking environments is too broad of a subject to come to a reasonable conclusion However one could argue about the advantages and disadvantages pertaining to the Unix based Linux operating system and the infamous Windows NT operating system I can compare and contrast these two operating systems but I cant take a strong stand because it all depends on a number of situations including the different networking environments the applications that are readily available and most important what the user wants The goal is to find out which of these two operating systems is the lesser of two evils by examining their features I have decided not to discuss cost because it goes without saying Linux wins the price to performance ratio What is more important to discuss is the initial hardware and software fees and maintenance and reliability which often go hand in hand According to Sunworld the estimated minimal required hardware costs that would go with a Linux machine is 200 In an NT machine the minimal hardware cost rose up to 1300 This is because NT requires at least a 486 Pentium with 16MB of RAM Linux can run fine on a 386 computer with only 8MB of RAM What do the majority of users need a computer for Mainly word processing and the use of a database program An NT user doesnt have to go with Microsoft Office but a lot of people do costing a couple hundred dollars Linux can run an Office Suite program that is very similar to Office for at least half the cost Even a free version of WordPerfect 8 is available for Linux A Linux system comes with a range of development tools CC Compiler Perl TclTk Python CORBA Ada Pascal Lisp REXX Java etc as well as
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