CompareOperating Systems – Assignment 3KU 7Task 1:Advantages:Ø Energy saving: Since cooling needs and powerconsumption are reduced, fewer servers are requiredØ Fast deployment: Ordering a physical server maytake up to weeks or monthsØ High availability: Servers deployed in avirtualised environment will not have much downtime, thus more uptimeDisadvantages:Ø Inferiorperformance as additional hardware is required for virtualisationØ Increasedphysical failures as hardware is shared amongst many hostsSE 1 and SE2Task 2:1. Playing gamesWhen it comes to gaming, Windows ismuch more ideal and convenient compared to Linux. A huge downside for playing games on Linux isthat there aren’t many games available that are compatible with Linux. Due to Linux’s small market share, most studiosdon’t bring new games to Linux.
The hugedifference in the amount of gamers that use Windows compared to the amount ofgamers that use Linux could be the biggest reason for this. In fact, if you look at Steam, one of the biggestgame distribution platforms, less than 5% of users use Linux. However, this doesn’t mean that gameperformance is better on Windows, in fact, Linux is significantly faster thanWindow. In gaming, driver compatibilityis very important. Some graphic cardsmanufacturers, namely NVIDIA are more in favour of Windows rather than Linux,mainly because Windows makes them much more money, which means some graphicscards aren’t always available for Linux.
2. Popularity amongst users especially use on portable devicesWhen it comes to desktop computers,the difference in the number of everyday users between Windows and Linux isinsane. In fact, some statistics saythat the percentage of people that use Linux is between 1% and 3%, while the percentageof users that use Windows can even be up to 90%. However, if you include portable devices likesmartphones and tablets, it is a completely different story. About 70% of portable devices run Linux,namely Android. In some form or another,everybody uses Linux, whether they are even aware of it or not.
Even most routers run Linux, along with smartTVs, refrigerators and cars. It isexpected that in the future, the number of Linux everyday users increases. 3. Two Different Distros of each OS and their various featuresTwo Distros of Linux are Ubuntu andFedora. Ubuntu’s features are Telegram,a mobile and desktop application used for messaging, Chromium, Thunderbird,Thunderbird, which is an email application from Mozilla that is easy to set upand customize, Dropbox, LibreOffice, Twitter, VLC player, Gimp, a freeapplication for photo editing and Firefox, a fast and independent open sourcebrowser, developed by Mozilla. Fedora featuresinclude LibreOffice 5.
3, GNOME 3.24 and Fedora Media Writer. On the other hand, two Distros of Windows areWindows 10 and Windows 8. Windows 10features include Cortana , avoice-activated personal assistant that is often compared to Apple’s ‘Siri’,Microsoft Edge, Windows Ink, Sticky Notes and many more. Windows 8 also had many new features. The most eye catching new feature in Windows8 was the new interface, which enabled a completely new Windows experience.
4. Compatible hardware devicesOver the last decade, hardwaresupport for Linux has greatly improved. Todaythe chances of having a hardware device be incompatible with your certaincomputer system are at an all-time low. Mostkeyboards, mice, DVD drives, motherboards, hard drives and flash drives workwith Linux without any trouble. Howeverif you intend to buy a specific hardware device for your computer system withLinux, and this hardware device is operated by software rather than buttons youshould be very cautious. This is becausethere is a high chance that this hardware device is specifically designed for Windows,or even for Mac OS X.
This is whereon-line support can come in as researching if certain hardware devices arecompatible with their particular operating system is always recommended.5. On-line supportOn-line support is very important.
It saves people money and time. Both Windows and Linux treat on-line supportvery importantly. As soon as you go toWindows’ official support website, the user will be greeted by a virtual agent. Here, the user can describe his issue orconcern in a message, and this virtual agent will reply back to him with themost relevant and convenient links to forums that have to do with his issue. If the links don’t satisfy the user’s needs,he is then offered to talk to a real person at any time he wants. Both Linux and Windows have great forumswhere users can interact with each other to find a solution or fix a certainproblem.