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    Conduct an analysis that compares and contrasts UNIX/Linux and Microsoft Windows in terms of:

    *Market share
    *Hardware requirements
    *File processing
    *Programming capabilities
    *Availability of application software
    *Networking User interface

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    Linux has the advantage over Windows. Linux is an OS that is "free", but not necessarily free of charge. Linux can be downloaded from the Internet for free. But there are also Linux packages that are "sold" by some companies, nut not as expensive as Windows. Those sold Linux packages are usually priced because of the expenses of burning Linux in optical discs, and also the technical support the users will get out of that priced Linux installer. A CD or DVD copy is more convenient than downloading the whole package in hundreds of megabytes anyway. Linux is contained in different packages, like for example, Red Hat Fedora, Ubuntu, and Debian. Windows, on the other hand, is a commercial OS software, and it is much more expensive than Linux. Windows is owned by Microsoft Corporation and the cost of a Windows OS depends on its version. Windows XP, for example, has many versions, including the famous Home and Professional editions.

    Windows is the most dominant OS in the market. For the month of May, Windows has 87.75% of the market share. This can be seen from the website: http://www.geek.com/articles/news/windows-and-linux-lose-market-share-os-x-iphone-and-android-move-up-2009062/. It is being followed by Mac OS family, which is about 10% of the market share. Linux, on the other hand, has a very low market share despite being free. The reason why the Windows' dominance in the market and why Linux has smaller market share is because of the user-friendliness of the OS. Windows has a very friendly graphical user ...

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