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10 Linux Features Response

ZDNet have an interesting article – http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=28005&tag=nl.e539 10 features that should be in Windows by default that are in Linux.

Here are my 10 –

  1. SSH. Secure remote connectivity to a machine. How windows admins survive with only having VNC or Terminal server is beyond me.
  2. Exchange support. Out of the box Windows cannot support exchange. This is absurd. Both Linux and Mac support this out the box.
  3. A Web server. Being able to throw up a simple page for any reason is really handy at times.
  4. Syslog. To be able to capture all logs either locally or a centralised logging server.
  5. Top. A quick text based view on what the hell is eating up all your resources.
  6. VLC. To this day I still struggle with ‘Codecs’. Nightmare. Install VLC and be done with it – watch any format of video and also play MP3s. It is also a streaming server.
  7. vi / vim. Edit and notepad just does not cut the mustard.
  8. KVM. Virtual machine support out of the box.
  9. LVM. Built in enterprise class volume management system.
  10. Firefox. Yes, yes I know that windows has a browser… but it is shit.
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4 responses

  1. martino87r

    1 – SSH. Secure remote connectivity to a machine. How windows admins survive with only having VNC or Terminal server is beyond me.

    Fully agree with you, don’t forget about SSH port forwarding, IP binding and of course SCP… or X Forwarding, or more command piping etc… well now PowerShell is coming as a first attempt to provide a reasonable shell in windows (a great fail, as windows admins are very lazy to use a terminal)

    Blah, moved away from windows servers many years ago, now living on UNIX and others…

    January 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm

  2. bonoboslr

    Yes the whole SSH suite is tremendous. Many a time I have had to bypass retarded firewall rules to reach where I have needed to by SSH Tunneling.

    January 19, 2010 at 2:09 pm

  3. Unfortunately, VIM for Windows is by default so Windows-ized that it pretty much loses all its charm and is nearly unusable.

    Besides, the font selection dialog only shows what Windows thinks its suitable for terminals. In VIM for GTK on Linux, I can edit in freaking Futura Condensed Light if I wish so.

    April 7, 2010 at 11:52 pm

  4. Diana Lopez

    I have another one: du -k
    In windows is almost impossible see what file is eating your hard disk

    January 31, 2012 at 10:39 pm

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