Cookie Consent by Skip to main content

Linux versus Windows: How do they compare?

By 14th May 2019No Comments

Both Linux and Windows have their benefits and pitfalls. A major win with Windows is that it’s very user-friendly, where Linux isn’t. However, Linux is open source which lends itself to many advantages. Have a look at our comparison chart below and decide for yourself.

Operating System Linux


Cost Linux can be freely distributed. There are paid for versions, but they come in cheaper than majority of the competition. A lifetime license for Windows Home starts at R2 499.
Development and Distribution Linux is developed and distributed through sharing and collaboration of code and distributed by multiple vendors. Windows is solely developed by Microsoft. Various companies resell the software, but primary distribution is done by Microsoft.
Manufacturer Linux is developed by the community. Linus Torvalds, the founder of Linux, oversees things. Microsoft
User Users can be everyone, however it is generally favoured in the developer and computer enthusiast market. Everyone – Microsoft is hailed for their user-friendliness of Windows.
Usage Linux can be installed on a wide variety of systems from mobile phones to video game consoles to super computers. Windows can be installed on PC desktops, laptops, servers and some mobile devices.
File system support Ext2, Ext3, Ext4, Jfs, ReiserFS, Xfs, Btrfs, FAT, FAT32, NTFS FAT, FAT32, NTFS, exFAT
Updates Many methods Windows Update
License General Public License (GNU) Proprietary
Available Languages Multilingual Multilingual
Default UI (User Interface) Gnome, KDE or many other desktops Graphical (Windows Aero)
Source Model Free Software Closed/Shared source
Supported Platforms All PowerPC: versions 1.0 – NT 4.0; DEC Alpha: versions 1.0 – NT 4.0; MIPS R4000: versions 1.0 – NT 4.0; IA-32: versions 1.0 – 8; IA-64: version XP; x86-64: versions XP – 8; ARM: version RT;
Programmed in C Assembly, C, C++
Compatibility New versions of Linux support can be found in many different kinds of hardware Can coexist on local networks with Windows, BSD, Macs, and other Unix-like systems. Sometimes file compatibility issues may arise.


Leave a Reply