The Linux operating system has created a new "buzz in the computer industry and it has caught the attention of business managers, computer programmers, and even the casual computer owner. They are unhappy with the business practices of Microsoft and the endless "blue screen of death that constantly haunts every user that uses any Windows product. These products such as Windows NT, 98, 2000, Millennium edition, and the latest XP, have become the standard on almost all desktop throughout the world however, Linux boasts better performance, stability, and functionality over Microsoft.
On the Microsoft official website (Microsoft.com), there are articles that compare Linux with Windows NT. The authors state their arguments against open-source software (free to all), the disadvantages of a unique operating system and describe Linux as custom-built technology that is low on performance because of the lack of support. In one of the articles, "How Does Linux Compare? (Online), it claims that Linux does not have the customer and equipment support as compared to Microsoft. It says, "The open-source nature of the product means that many Linux deployments are somewhat unique and custom built with various solution pieces pulled together. It added that if a provider of that new technology ceased to provide updates, then a small business would be left with a system that would be out of date.
Other statements in the article states that Linux is in its early stage of maturity and lack the experience it would take to maintain the support a business would need. "This can make it difficult for small-business customers to find qualified technology providers who can support Linux-based systems. In summary, Microsoft maintains that Linux lacks a centralized base that searches for ways to keep pace with technology, "And that means Linux is typically much slower than Microsoft and Microsoft partners to consistently de