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Operating Systems – Assignment 3

KU 7

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Task 1:


Ø  Energy saving: Since cooling needs and power
consumption are reduced, fewer servers are required

Ø  Fast deployment: Ordering a physical server may
take up to weeks or months

Ø  High availability: Servers deployed in a
virtualised environment will not have much downtime, thus more uptime


Ø  Inferior
performance as additional hardware is required for virtualisation

Ø  Increased
physical failures as hardware is shared amongst many hosts

SE 1 and SE

Task 2:

1. Playing games

When it comes to gaming, Windows is
much more ideal and convenient compared to Linux.  A huge downside for playing games on Linux is
that there aren’t many games available that are compatible with Linux.  Due to Linux’s small market share, most studios
don’t bring new games to Linux.  The huge
difference in the amount of gamers that use Windows compared to the amount of
gamers that use Linux could be the biggest reason for this.  In fact, if you look at Steam, one of the biggest
game distribution platforms, less than 5% of users use Linux.  However, this doesn’t mean that game
performance is better on Windows, in fact, Linux is significantly faster than
Window.  In gaming, driver compatibility
is very important.  Some graphic cards
manufacturers, namely NVIDIA are more in favour of Windows rather than Linux,
mainly because Windows makes them much more money, which means some graphics
cards aren’t always available for Linux.

2. Popularity amongst users especially use on portable devices

When it comes to desktop computers,
the difference in the number of everyday users between Windows and Linux is
insane.  In fact, some statistics say
that the percentage of people that use Linux is between 1% and 3%, while the percentage
of users that use Windows can even be up to 90%.  However, if you include portable devices like
smartphones 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 smart
TVs, refrigerators and cars.  It is
expected that in the future, the number of Linux everyday users increases.


3. Two Different Distros of each OS and their various features

Two Distros of Linux are Ubuntu and
Fedora.  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 up
and customize, Dropbox, LibreOffice, Twitter, VLC player, Gimp, a free
application for photo editing and Firefox, a fast and independent open source
browser, developed by Mozilla.  Fedora features
include LibreOffice 5.3, GNOME 3.24 and Fedora Media Writer.  On the other hand, two Distros of Windows are
Windows 10 and Windows 8.  Windows 10
features include Cortana  , a
voice-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 Windows
8 was the new interface, which enabled a completely new Windows experience.

4. Compatible hardware devices

Over the last decade, hardware
support for Linux has greatly improved.  Today
the chances of having a hardware device be incompatible with your certain
computer system are at an all-time low.  Most
keyboards, mice, DVD drives, motherboards, hard drives and flash drives work
with Linux without any trouble.  However
if you intend to buy a specific hardware device for your computer system with
Linux, and this hardware device is operated by software rather than buttons you
should be very cautious.  This is because
there is a high chance that this hardware device is specifically designed for Windows,
or even for Mac OS X.  This is where
on-line support can come in as researching if certain hardware devices are
compatible with their particular operating system is always recommended.

5. On-line support

On-line support is very important.  It saves people money and time.  Both Windows and Linux treat on-line support
very importantly.  As soon as you go to
Windows’ official support website, the user will be greeted by a virtual agent.  Here, the user can describe his issue or
concern in a message, and this virtual agent will reply back to him with the
most 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 forums
where users can interact with each other to find a solution or fix a certain