Operating System - Windows or Linux?

For the majority of users, Windows is the obvious choice of operating system.  For new system builds, most users will want to go with one of the versions of Windows 7 or the new Windows 8.


Older versions of Windows such as Windows XP and Windows Vista are at or near the end of their support and update life cycle and unless there is a specific need for an older operating system, they should not be considered.


Linux in its many forms (such as Ubuntu) is not commonly used on desktop systems by most users.  While it is free of license costs and now quite easy to install, there is a steep learning curve to use it and the choice of software is very different to what most Windows users expect.


More detailed information on the different versions of Windows is shown on the following pages to help you choose between cost and available features to suit you or your users’ needs.