OS Showdown:  Windows 2000 vs. Linux

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The original is at BBSpot:

http://bbspot.com/Features/2000/12/os_guide.html

OS Showdown:  Windows 2000 vs.

Linux

BBspot has earned a reputation for its fair

and honest reporting, and now we

continue that tradition with our hardware and software product guides.  Other tech sites will bore you with in-depth "technical details" in their product guides.  They've

probably even used the products.  Here at BBspot such technicalities don't

prevent us from offering our opinions.  We take a look at Windows 2000 and Linux

head to head, so we can determine who wins the coveted BBspot Technical

Excellence Award.

Names - Linux, for reasons I'd rather not get into, I always

think of eunuchs  when

I hear the word Linux.  I think it would've been better if Linus' brother Malcom

would've developed the OS.  Then at least it would've been funny - Malcomix. 

Windows 2000 makes me think "Wow, that Windows movie had a lot of sequels," or

"Gee, better get that product namer a Pulitzer for originality."  While neither

rivals TRSDOS, I begrudgingly have to give this one to Microsoft.

Advantage - Windows 2000

Domain Names - Windows2000.com redirects you to a Windows

2000 product page on the Microsoft site.  I'm not sure I'd trust my mission

critical apps to aLinux company that can't even afford to give its flagship OS its own domain

name.  Linux.com on the other hand avoids the

Microsoftian subterfuge and is just what it says.  It's a nice looking site with

lots of good information.  But wait a minute let's take a look at the other side

of the issue.  Windows2000sucks.com is a pretty sad

"sucks" site, Microsoft can't even do that right.  It doesn't even look

functional.  Linuxsucks.com is another

great Linux site.

Advantage - Linux

Mascots - The Linux mascot is Tux the penguin.  A cute

little fellow, but veryLinux vulnerable to killer whales.   Now a orca, that would be a cool

mascot, but I guess Sea World already has that.  Windows 2000 doesn't really

have a mascot unless you call that flying multi-colored window a mascot.  It

might get a little bloody on some broken shards of glass, but I think even a

penguin could destroy a pansy window.

Advantage - Linux

Search Engines - A search for "Linux is great" on Google

yields 1,080,000 results.Windows 2000 A

search for "Windows 2000 is Great" yields 1,050,000.  An apparent victory for

Linux.  Not so fast.  A search for "Linux Sucks" yields 114,000 results, and a

search for "Windows 2000 Sucks" gets 66,700.  Why do I envision Microsoft

engineers setting up thousands of web pages with just "Linux Sucks" on them so

they could win this round.   While not being so great, it just doesn't suck as

much.

Advantage: Windows 2000

LinuxMagic Eight Ball - I decided that I needed an unbiased

opinion on which is better.  What's more unbiased than a Magic 8 Ball?  I

asked the Magic 8 Ball - "Is Windows 2000 better than Linux?" The response: "MY

SOURCES SAY NO"  That's pretty clear.  Just to be sure I rephrased the

question.  "Is Linux better than Windows 2000?"   The response "AS I SEE IT

YES".  Good to see that the Magic 8 Ball hasn't succumbed to the Microsoft

Propaganda Machine.

Advantage - Linux

Conclusions

Final Score:  Linux 4 - Windows 2000 2. 

It doesn't get any clearer than that.   Linux is two times better

than Windows 2000.  Therefore I am proud to award Linux the BBspot Technical

Excellence Award.

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