Saturday, February 03, 2007

Yet another Windows Vista - Linux comparison : Which one is Better?

(Screenshot of Free Mandriva Linux)

Linux is better, and, Windows has written longest suicide note in history with its Vista Content Protection Specification.

I am not saying them. I am no authority to say anything like that, either. These are the findings of two separate studies done by industry pundits.

Why Linux is better than Windows Vista?

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has done detailed shootout - between Windows Vista and Mepis Linux - from installation to hardware detection to smooth running along with much hyped features like 3D, translucent desktop and many more in the very same machine.

His conclusion: Overall, Linux is Better than Windows Vista.

Now, you will ask the obvious question: Who is Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols?

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is an advanced Computer user and system administrator. According to his own words:

"I've been working with Vista since its beta days, and I started using Linux in the mid-90s. There may be other people who have worked with both more than I have, but there can't be many of them. Along the way, I've formed a strong opinion: Linux is the better of the two."

Read full story Here.

Why Vista Content Protection Specification is considered to be a death knell for Windows?

Peter Gutmann, summarizes his lengthy, yet interesting research paper about Windows Vista Content Protection Specification somewhat like this:

"....Windows Vista includes an extensive reworking of core OS elements in order to provide content protection for so-called "premium content", typically HD data from Blu-Ray and HD-DVD sources. Providing this protection incurs considerable costs in terms of system performance, system stability, technical support overhead, and hardware and software cost. These issues affect not only users of Vista but the entire PC industry, since the effects of the protection measures extend to cover all hardware and software that will ever come into contact with Vista, even if it's not used directly with Vista (for example hardware in a Macintosh computer or on a Linux server). This document analyses the cost involved in Vista's content protection, and the collateral damage that this incurs throughout the computer industry...."

He sums up his research with this one line executive summary:

"The Vista Content Protection specification could very well constitute the longest suicide note in history"

Peter Gutmann is a researcher in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, working on the design and analysis of cryptographic security architectures.He had helped write the popular PGP encryption program and have authored a number of papers and RFC's on security and encryption including the X.509 Style Guide for certificates, as well as Cryptographic Security Architecture: Design and Verification (published by Springer- Verlag). Most of his time is taken up with development and support of the open source cryptlib security toolkit.

Read the full story here

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