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Windows Vs Linux: Going Against the Grain Submitted To: Kirk T. Steudle MDOT Director Submitted By: Patrick Andridge South East Michigan Head Civil Engineer Abstract: The Michigan Department of Transportation handles large amounts of data and information on its servers and desktop systems. With the current Windows based configuration, viruses, hackers, and instability are a serious problem and can cause backlogs in progress. Converting to a Linux based arraignment provides security and stability that Windows cannot, and should be implemented immediately.
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Table of Contents Introduction .............................................................................................. 2 Option 1: Continuing With Windows ...................................................... 3 Option 2: Adopting a Linux Operating System ....................................... 4 Conclusion ............................................................................................... 5 Taking the First Step ................................................................................ 6 Glossary ................................................................................................... 7 Works Cited .............................................................................................. 8 Patrick Andridge 2
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Introduction In today’s fast-paced world, stability and security are key to smooth operations. The same goes for the virtual world, especially as the two become continuously more entwined. The operations of the Michigan Department of Transportation are no exception to this; with the amount of information and the number of requests and service responses that go through the Department’s networks, even a single delay or crash of the network can cause disastrous slow-downs and backlogs in our operations. This can cascade into projects that fall behind schedule and loss of income and funds. The Department’s current operating system, Windows, is vulnerable to more than 60,000 viruses, and can fall prey to unstable programs that cause system failures (Granneman). On the other hand, a less-well-known operating system, Linux, only has about 40 known viruses and is much more stable due to the method used to program it (Granneman). Since the Department’s licenses with Windows are due to expire, it would be highly beneficial to look into converting to a Linux based network before locking into another contract with Windows. Patrick Andridge 3
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Option 1: Continuing with Windows Benefits of Staying with Windows Ease of Use The main benefit of continuing with Windows is that everyone already knows the software. Because it has been widely distributed on the market for so long, most people are much more proficient at using programs like Word and Excel than anything found in Open Office (a Linux equivalent). There would be little to no immediate loss of productivity if the Department chose to remain with its Windows software. Downsides of Staying with Windows Cost There are some aspects of Windows that can be considered negative. The most obvious is the cost. Each license copy of Windows can cost from $50 to $150. In a lot of cases, it’s closer to two hundred dollars with the new Vista Operating System. Then on top of the cost of the operating system licenses, it would also be necessary to purchase licenses for all the software programs that would be run as well. This can mean an additional cost of anywhere from $20-$200 per program. For example, Windows would require $1,100 for only one server with only 10 clients. Costs like this can build up very
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