Linux vs Windows 10 - Which is the best operating system?

Thomas Macaulay
Thomas Macaulay

Thomas Macaulay

Tom is online editor. He studied English Literature and History at Sussex University before gaining a Masters in Newspaper Journalism from City University. He's particularly interested in the public sector and the ethical implications of emerging technologies.

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Windows is the dominant force in the operating system landscape, but Linux retains a loyal user base of its own

According to analysis by NetMarketShare, Windows has a whopping 88 percent of the overall operating system market. Microsoft claims that Windows 10 is now running on nearly 700 million devices, and will soon surpass the user base of its predecessor Windows 7, which will only be supported until January 2020.

Linux's comparatively paltry two percent market share belies its true popularity. The system may trail Windows in terms of domestic use, but it dominates the Microsoft behemoth in the number web servers, public cloud services, supercomputers that it powers, and it's often the preferred choice of programmers.

Linux provides the foundation for a variety of operating systems. The Linux kernel is an open source core anyone can use to build their own operating systems - known as distributions, or 'distros' - as Google has done with Chrome OS and Android. The wide range of distros each has distinct features and interfaces.

Each operating system has specific strengths and reasons that make them better suited to the needs of different users. We compare the performance, usability, security, software, support, updates and prices of Windows 10 with Linux to help you pick the best one for your needs.

Read next: How to make Windows 10 faster

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