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Unformatted text preview: oting. The Linux boot manager, Linux Loader (LiLo) is used for this purpose.
If you are working with MS-DOS or Microsoft Windows, you do not even need to
reboot in order to start Linux, you can simply use the command LOADLIN to start
Linux directly from the MS-DOS command-line interface.
Advantages and Limitations of Linux
The following advantages are often quoted in favour of Linux:
1. One of the biggest advantages of Linux is its price. The system, as such, is
free, and can be copied and distributed without restrictions.
It has a rich set of features, which continues to grow rapidly because
thousands of enthusiastic developers continuously keep extending and improving
3. For those familiar with Unix, which is one of the oldest and the most popular
operating system, learning and using Linux is a simple matter because many of the
Unix features and tools are supported on Linux.
|Critics of Linux, however, quote that it has the following limitations:
The biggest obstacle to implementing Linux is the perceived lack of
commercial support and service. Most enterprises are reluctant to consider Linux
today due to lack of vendor commitment and a full framework of global service
2. As of today, Linux offers limited support for databases containing more than a
terabyte of data.
As of today, there are relatively few commercial Linux-based applications
because of commercial vendors' misconceptions about the open source
community. They think that they have to give the product away or publish their
However, more and more commercial vendors are gradually
realizing that developing software for Linux is like developing for other platforms.
4. Another reason for the availability of relatively few commercial Linux-based
applications is the existence of so many Linux distribution versions. As of today,
there is a lack of standard among various Linux distribution versions for such
things as what are the file formats to be used, how and where to keep the system
files, how and where to add new programs to menus, etc.
Due to this, a
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