3) Name one thing cmd.exe and/or DOS can do that terminal from Linux(or mac for that matter) can't do.
It can't do sudo rm -rf /.
On a more serious note, both terminals have their own advantages and disadvantages. cmd.exe is not case sensitive when you want to enter a file or directory, can change the title, and has a better mouse support (while we're on the topic, DOS had games, both text and graphical, and I don't remember any UNIX non-X.org games). The Terminal, on the other hand, has better Tab-support, more useful console programs, and overall feels better to use.
I like Arch Linux a lot but use Windows for most of pretty much everything (GAEMZ AND SHIT). I'm trying to get Arch on my good computer, but I've having trouble with drivers for this shitty network card.
Arch on my laptop is pretty good and of course useful.
HFD may have covered the other points but let me address this one.
1. You would have to be an idiot to run that and do not belong using any computer at all.
2. Many distro's simple return "rm: cannot remove root directory '/'" because you have the real syntax wrong.
3. "del /F /S /Q *" in the root of the C drive has the same effect on windows. The difference is that this can be run WITHOUT a password.
I currently have Windows Vista and have had it for 27 months.
My preference is Windows because I am most familiar with it . . .
However, Macs are more affordable in the long run, since everything is compressed into a beautiful package.
About Linux, I use it all the time in my VMWare Workstation, but that virtual machine, Ubuntu, is a bit annoying because I simply do not want to customize everything to my taste. For those who enjoy D.I.Y.'s and design, Linux is the way to go, fo'shizzle.
Errrr . . . Windows is great if you know how to eviscerate its errors and viruses, which I am lucky to know from YouTube tutorials. xD
I have WIndows Vista on my computer, allthough I would actually prefer Windows XP, because it's faster and runs more stable. But Vista isn't that bad neither.
The main reason for using Windows for me is that it is compatible with most programs, because (surprise) so many people use it. I thought about using Linux some time ago, but I never did because as far as I know most of the programs I normally use would be incompatible with it. And Mac,... well I never thought about using a Mac.
Linux. Better performance, much more control over my system, low price tag (free!), and just about anything I need that doesn't have an open-source equivalent runs in wine just fine. It is also by far the best OS for programming. And different distros of it fit different needs, there's a huge range all the way from Arch where you pretty much install the system manually with the command line to Linux Mint where you can have a nice usable desktop environment complete with flash and audio and video codecs within 10 minutes of putting the install disc in. There are disadvantages, but the advantages outweigh them in my opinion.
I'm a PC Gamer so I need Windows. Currently I use Win 7. I'm fine with that operation system so I see no need to switch to another OS like Linux or Mac even if they have interesting features (especially Linux). I had installed a virtual box so I can use Linux as well as Winodws at the same time... Pretty handy for user who want to test Linux.
I find it cheaper then Apple Macs (Me= No Money) and the most compatible with stuff. I use Windows 7 and I have no gripes with it personally. It's what I'm used to. I have no clue what Linux is like. With computers, it is generally a subjective question which one you like the most.
I have used Windows since I was 3 and Windows 95 was the coolest thing ever xP. Currently I have Windows 7 64-bit, but also have Mac OS X 10.6.7 on a virtual machine for shits and giggles. It actually has no problem running on the virtual machine, surprisingly.
But I will always be a Windows man.
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