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Linux vs Windows

I'd like to understand how Linux and Windows are used in the business world. Questions I have now (feel free to add any other useful information):

1. Which infrastructure is more popular in terms of network administration?

2. Is Linux more popular is one realm of the workforce, while Windows in another?

Sorry if the questions are confusing. Hopefully you understand what I'm trying to ask here :P. I'm in college and wish to head in network engineering, but I'm not sure where I should focus my attention first: a Linux system or a Windows system.

Note: As of now I've been on linuxjourney and working with Ubuntu. Is this a good place to begin? Any other suggestions?

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Well my business uses

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Windows desktops and Windows servers with MS SQL databases. The problem with Linux on the desktop it doesn't get much OEM support. Most of the OEM's that have Linux systems are work station type PC's. Windows has always been supported by developers but web apps are getting more popular and are more dependent on the browser than the OS.

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(NT) not another homework question

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Not homework actually

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Believe it or not this is for myself. Those are my questions. Also, why would they be homework questions? It's summer.

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It's a common homework or survey question(s).

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My view is that we need to be agnostic and not carry a flag. Let's go with what solves problems for us and what will pay well.

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Read the end of my question.

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At the end of my question I specify that I want advice for what I should focus my attention on first: linux or windows. Not that if I learn one I shouldn't learn the other. I just want advice on HOW I should be learning. I also gave a site that I've been using to learn Linux and if anyone had any other suggestions.

I didn't think the question would be so bad, but alright.

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I used PCs before Linux and Windows.

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So we got to use the command line a lot and apps. As to learning Linux, can you be more specific? I noted this long ago at http://tips.oncomputers.info/archives2004/0401/2004-Jan-11.htm and told them to not learn Linux but to use it.

Same advice today.

What is there you think you need to learn about Linux or Windows?

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For Linux and Windows

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I want to understand how to navigate the command line, the file structure, booting up, disk encryption,...

It's a journey to understand both Linux and Windows, so I want to start off learning in the right way. I'm using linuxjourney.com right now, which introduces you to how Linux really works. I'm interested in learning and want some good resources, so if anyone has suggestions on what I can use to really understand how Windows or Linux works then I'm all ears.

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Did you take the basic Computer courses in school?

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I took the usual CompSci and more. Sometimes folk want everything about a subject boiled down to a paragraph.

Never found that. With all that is on the web it's there for those that will go get it.

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Just wondering

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if anyone had resources to get me started in understanding the file system, command line,... for Linux or Windows. Again, it's a journey to learn both and want some recommended resources to get me started and what I should learn first.

I'm a computer science major, but those classes focus on programming (C, Java) and software engineering. I'm curious about the machine I'm working on and how to navigate it through the command line, which wasn't covered as much in the courses I took. Computer science classes can only cover so much in a semester because there is SO much to cover, you know what I mean?

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Sure.

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I'm a bit surprised you haven't been shown or taught about google.

For example if I google "How to use the command line in Windows" I find the tutorials.

I know some folk get upset by how easy it was.

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Alright

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No need to get sassy. It's just a question and was curious if anyone had recommendations of websites/books to help me learn about different operating systems. Not a big deal man.

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Wasn't at all.

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We've had new employees with degrees that didn't know how to use search engines.

I fear you are suffering from the plenitude of content and as a programmer (I write apps too) you need to get out there and try.

Don't get pegged as entitled or such.

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Re: server

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For webservers and big data (Hadoop) there probably are more Linux than Windows servers, but MS Sharepoint and MS SQL only run on Windows Servers and that is software that is much used in businesses. And, or course, the central Active Directory server, use by all Windows clients (there are hardly any Linux clients used in businesses) runs in a Windows server.
I'm inclined to say that in most businesses (apart from ISP's) the infrastructure of the network is Windows, with maybe a few Linux servers for special tasks.

And let's not forget Azure. That's Windows based and the whole Microsoft cloud runs on it. That are a lot of servers.

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As some say.

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Those are either homework or questions that you put into google and pick over the results.

The old this versus that question is done but I give you this.

If your business uses one or the other, that's what you should learn to use not carry a flag for any of them.

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google linux server usage vs windows server usage

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Last time I checked, RedHat had about 67% of backbone servers, and Windows Server had about 33%.

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Advantages of Linux

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For servers, Linux is ideal. Highly Secure OS, No need to buy a license, ability to change the source, not relying on another company for support...

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Really? What about Richard Stallman's views?

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Re: Linux and support

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Linux vs Windows

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For servers, Linux is Best. Highly Secure Operating System,
No need to buy a license or any registration.

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Security & Pricing

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For this reason only .... Ubuntu is quite famous in the category of people. It is nice to work in Ubuntu but Windows is much better ...

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