Windows and Linux are 2 different operating systems that control the multitasking ability of a computer, the working of the hardware components that are installed in your computer, and carry out various other functions that ensure the smooth functioning of your IT operations. While both Linux as well as Windows have GUIs or Graphical User Interfaces that are very much the same, nevertheless, they are different and operate very differently. While Windows operating system is “proprietary” in nature, Linux is essentially an Open source operating system that was introduced after “re-working” on Unix.
When you are managing a network, you know that there are various aspects of it that has to be constantly monitored as well as catered to. Security, optimum functioning of the network, and other IT related resources are taken into account when the smooth functioning of any online business is concerned. In this write up, let us focus on important issues related to network management and how they fare on these two different operating systems – Windows and Linux.
Why do you need to manage your network?
Managing your network rightly can work wonders for your business. So, what will be the scenario if you manage your network on both these operating systems? Let us discuss the scenario for each one of the operating systems.
Network management with Windows
In Windows, you can setup the network in 2 different ways. One is the manual way of setting up the network where you will be required to match the network protocols with that of the individual machines to check for compatibility. This method is appropriate for those IT personnel who have been in this business for several years now or in other words have experience in setting up a network with Windows. The other way of setting up the network with Windows is by making use of “Network Setup Wizard”. This is best for individuals who prefer to setup the network on their own. This is basically a guided process where you will be taken through various steps one after the other and given instructions that you need to follow.
Network management with Linux
With Linux, it is much easier to communicate between workstations. This is in sharp contrast to the Windows OS, where the interface is rigid. In Linux, you will need to execute few command lines. As far as updating software applications are concerned, in case of Linux, you can do it all at once. But in Windows, you will have to opt for the checking for update option.
We know that installing software programs as and when required is an important part of network management. In case of Linux, you can use free software that is available in the market. But in case of Windows, the use of almost software needs a licensed user and you will also need to renew it annually.
Although we see that the usage of Linux in network management is much more liberal, we should not forget that there are darker sides of everything too.