Differences between Linux and Windows

Here are the major differences between Linux and Windows:

Linux – distributions are generally free.
Windows – a Windows license can cost hundreds of dollars.

Development model
Linux – users can access and alter the code in any way they wish.
Windows – considered to be an closed source software.

Hardware support
Linux – partial hardware support. There are many hardware devices that don’t have Linux drivers.
Windows – almost every piece of hardware will work on a Windows installation.

Software support
Linux – there are many programs that can be run on Linux.
Windows – a large selection of software programs..

Command line
Linux – Linux shell is powerful and is used very often.
Windows – Windows command promt exists, but it is not as nearly as powerful as the one in Linux.

Ease of use
Linux – Linux will be used mostly by experienced users.
Windows – very easy to learn and use.

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