ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Technology»
  • Computers & Software

Window Systems - How Linux and Windows differ

Updated on December 19, 2011

When you have been working for years only on Windows, it is sometimes an information overload to understand the Linux environments. One of these differences is the Windows System, the pretty pictures you see and icons you double click to do your bidding. The article aims to give you an understanding in how Windows and Linux differs in their ways to give you the user and desktop to work from.

About the GUI

The history of a Graphical User Interface (GUI) dates back to the early 1970's and has grown and evolved ever since. The GUI's primary role is to help users to easily interact with the computer.

If you have ever worked in the days of DOS or any command line system, you will be familiar with executing commands. The GUI is nothing more than a very specialized command. For those who have been around since the days of DOS, you might recall the command win.exe to start the GUI for windows.

Windows

MS Windows has one GUI. Period. When you install from Windows 95 to Windows 8, you only have a single GUI program, which starts as you boot your computer. That is you workspace and you can customize and modify to fit your preferences. All your applications run within is space, from your word processing to games to calming screen savers.

Linux

Linux, and all other open source Unix-based systems like the BSD family approach the GUI differently, here the GUI is a separate application. A distro is generally packaged with a GUI, in the example the latest Ubuntu is installed with Unity, Kubuntu is packaged with KDE. However you are not limited by only using the one GUI.

You can also run one GUI with in another, however before getting to technical, lets review some of the more current popular environments.

But why so many ?

The reason why there are so many desktop environments... there was a need and a solution was provided. Not always the best or stable, however, this is the beauty of open source. Each of the mentioned, as well as unmentioned, has a history as to why it was created, mainly, to provide features other environments lacked or was just too bloated for its purpose.

Which one is right for me?

Here you are the decider, you need to look at the options available and what will suite your needs the best. Let us take the following examples.

Zentyal, this is a very nifty small business server, and as a server, there is not much day to day user interaction required, installing a full 3d and advanced GUI will be overkill, so they opted of Openbox, enough to make working easy on the system when required.

Fluxbox is extremely small, and lightweight, a very good option when you need to login remotely and need to preform basic task on a server with remote desktop tasks.

Gnome and KDE are both a very stable and mature GUI, with addons such as compiz which enables advanced graphical features, very nice when you want to show off your geekyness.

Conclusion

The MS Windows and Linux approach to desktop environments differ vastly, if you where only exposed to the MS Windows it might be a bit of a mind shift to grasp the concept about desktop environments are just an enclosure in which your applications function.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)