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1. - The technological advances achieved in the past few decades have brought about a revolution in the business world, affecting nearly all aspects of a working life. People can reach others throughout the world in a matter of seconds, with cost being increasingly negligible. This is why many pioneers take the technological advantages and decide to develop computer programs and share them with the rest of the world for free. They know that some of the benefits of distributing it to different people for free are their feedback which will contribute greatly to improve the program. Also if the company is new, this would make them more available to others and increase their popularity.

2. - Both offer what is called an "Operating System". That's the program that runs to help you run whatever program you want to run on your computer. Both offer a window type environment with the Microsoft version being called "Windows", while Linux and other UNIX based operating systems. Windows is the most prominent operating system released under a proprietary software license (though selected business partners may receive a shared source license), whereas Linux is the most prominent operating system released under a free software license. The two operating systems compete for user-base in the personal computer market as well as the server market, and are used in government offices, schools, business offices, homes, intranet and internet servers, supercomputers, and embedded systems. For desktop or home use, Linux is very cheap or free, Windows is expensive. For server use, Linux is very cheap compared to Windows. Microsoft allows a single copy of Windows to be used on only one computer. In contrast, once you have purchased Linux, you can run it on any number of computers for no additional charge. One thing that Linux can do that Windows cannot, is run from a CD. To run Windows, it has to first be installed to your hard disk. Normally Linux also runs from a hard disk, but there are quite a few versions of Linux that run completely from a CD without having to be installed to a hard disk. The term for this is a "Live" CD. There is more application software available for Windows. Then again, there may be sufficient software for your needs. A program written for Linux will not run under Windows and vice versa. More hardware works with Windows than works with Linux. This is because hardware vendors write drivers for Windows more often than they do for Linux. Linux



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