Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 9th Aug 2006 16:03 UTC, submitted by OSer
OSNews, Generic OSes "All of you who are reading this article right now are doing so with the help of an operating system. Of course, if you're reading it on paper, then that you may not think that that's the case, although it had to be printed by a printer that was connected to a computer which was operated by an operating system, right? In a way, it's like playing Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. When you get right down to it, operating systems are a major part of our connected lives since something is needed to manage and execute all of the actions that take place on the electronic devices that we love oh so very much."
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Absolutely depends on your hardware but than again you don't expect Xp to run on every piece of hardware (that is non x86).
Judging from my own experience installing Linux actually requires less time but installing lots of apps afterwards might get you into trouble.
I think it's like this:

very basic needs: Linux wins hands down (install takes half an hour and all basic apps are preinstalled

more programs needed: It then really depends on the programs you use. If you want to program C/C++/Perl/... you're better off using Linux. If you don't mind adware you might be better off using Windows in some cases.

lots of programs needed: I think if you don't mind the costs Windows wins here. Plenty of productivity apps available, strong corporate support, also sometimes a must when your customers use Windows...

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